Birding 101: Discovering Birds at Point ReyesFebruary 6, 2021
Winter is actually the time of greatest abundance for many birds at Point Reyes. The varied coastal habitats are rich feeding areas for many ducks, shorebirds, and other water birds. Hawks, falcons and other raptors occur in large numbers due to these rich feeding conditions. Warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other land birds are also found here in high numbers. The result is that this is an exceptional place to discover and enjoy birds.
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 and field guides. David will share techniques that will enhance your birding skills.
Come discover why birding is one of the most popular pastimes in the country. The class will start at the picnic area near the Bear Valley Visitor Center and then visit other locations. David’s other classes and photographs can be viewed on his website, www.calnaturalist.com
David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist and biologist. For thirty-five 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.
-We will be meeting at the Bear Valley Picnic Area across from 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 are very helpful if you have them
Warm Variable Weather Clothing
Notebook and Pen/Field Journal
Eventbrite Confirmation Email
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 email@example.com.
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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines
In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we will require all participants to 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-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.
Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class
NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.
During class all participants will be required to do the following
Wear a protective face covering
Maintain a 6 foot physical distance from other participants not belonging to your household
Bring your own food and water
Current group sizes are limited, there will be no physical contact or sharing of food and drink, and no shared physical equipment or materials unless they are sanitized before and after use, and used by only one person for the duration of class
Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.