Classes

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SHOREBIRDS i
tHE cOMMON sPECIES

Online Class
September 6, 6:00 pm

Early autumn is the best time to see the most numbers and greatest diversity of migrating shorebirds. This class will introduce you to the most common species that migrate through western Oregon each year, without overwhelming you with all the possible rarities. We will look at size, shape, patterns, and behavior to help you distinguish each species. By becoming familiar with the common shorebirds, you will be better prepared to recognize a rarity when you find one. Register here.

semipalm 9Shorebirds II
The less common species

Online Class
September 8, 6:00 pm

Tucked away within the large flocks of migrating shorebirds that pass through Oregon each autumn are less-common species that you might overlook. Trying to learn all the shorebirds species at once can be overwhelming. This class will introduce you to uncommon shorebirds by comparing them to the common species that you probably already know. Side-by-side comparisons will highlight the features that help you identify rarities like a pro. Register here.

Audubon Birding day:
Washington Co. Wetlands

Saturday, September 10, 7:30 – 2:00

This trip will explore several wetland sites in Washington County. We should find migrant shorebirds and the raptors that hunt them, large flocks of swallows, returning waterfowl, and the first wintering sparrows. Likely sites include Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson Bottom Wetlands Reserve, and Fernhill Wetlands. The final itinerary will be determined by water levels and recent sightings.

You will drive yourself to the sites. Dress for the weather, bring food and water, and wear comfortable shoes, as there will be a lot of walking on level terrain. Register here.

western-and-mew-gullsWinter gulls

Online Class
November 1, 6:00 pm

Western Oregon hosts a great variety of gull species during the winter, and no, they don’t all look alike! Learning the gulls may seem intimidating, and some individual birds stump even the experts. But most gulls are pretty easy once you know what to look for. And unlike most birds, gulls will often sit still and allow you to study them. This class will show you the characteristics that make each species unique, allowing you to enjoy identifying gulls, rather than just looking the other way. Register here.

Audubon birding day:
gulls on the north coast

Saturday, November 5, 8:30 – 3:00

The Oregon Coast hosts a great diversity of gulls in winter. On this trip we will seek out the various species, taking the time to study the characteristics that make each one unique. Depending on the weather conditions, we could find 8-12 species of gull.  We will also enjoy waterfowl, grebes, seabirds, and perhaps some lingering shorebirds.

We will bird sites from Cannon Beach to Fort Stevens. You will drive yourself. Bring food and water. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Register here.