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Birding 101

Birding 101

Sun, February 11
Enhance your birding skills in dramatic Point Reyes! This class will cover bird identification basics, binocular use, and guides.

This is a very good season for learning birding and enjoying it at Point Reyes. This class will cover the basics of field identification in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

While observing birds in a variety of habitats, this program will offer insights into the use of binoculars, scopes, apps and field guides. Coastal estuaries such as Limantour Estero or Bolinas Lagoon are rich feeding areas for a large number of ducks, shorebirds and other water birds. Many hawks, falcons and other raptors occur in large numbers due to these rich feeding conditions.

We will practice techniques for separating warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other land birds in short walks.

Come discover why birding is one of the most popular pastimes in the country, and why Point Reyes is one of the best locations to enjoy it.

David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist and biologist. For almost forty years David has pursed his passion, natural history of the America West. He enthusiastically shares his extensive knowledge about all aspects of the natural world with many groups including Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Road Scholar and Oceanic Society. For more about David and his photographs go to www.calnaturalist.com.

Details

-We will be meeting at the Bear Valley Picnic Tables opposite the Visitor Center

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring

Binoculars highly recommended. However, you should not feel obligated to buy some just for the class.

Day Pack

Lunch

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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For any questions, please email us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

· Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

· Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

· Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

· Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

· Masks are optional at your discretion

· Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.