We offer two different birding classes: Birds of the Beach and Birding Basics. Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. In Birds of the Beach, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually. Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential. You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. In Birding Basics, learn how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. Randy McCormick provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other "tricks of the trade." The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills.
Pre-registration is required.