Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. Pre-registration is required for these classes.
In Birding Basics, you'll 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.
In Birds of the Beach, Adam DiNuovo, Shorebird Stewardship Program Coordinator with 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. Classroom session is followed by a field trip to a nearby beach to practice new skills.