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ALL CLASSES ARE RECORDED AND SHARED WITH REGISTRANTS. NO NEED TO ASK.

Class recordings are available for one month past the live class date. For class series, the recordings are available for one month past the last live class session.

Current members of our local Seattle Audubon chapter receive a 20% discount on online classes as a benefit of annual membership. More online sessions will be listed as they are scheduled.

Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound with David B. Williams
Thursday, October 6 from 7:00-8:00pm
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
Homewaters is a nonfiction account of the long story of the Sound, tracing human history from the earliest records more than 12,500 years ago to present. Williams also focuses on often overlooked species such as Olympia oysters, rockfish, geoduck, kelp, and herring, as well as salmon and orca. Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, Homewaters presents a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits Puget Sound and offers longtime residents new insights into and appreciation of the waters they call home.

Lights and Wildlife: The Impacts of Artificial Light on Our Wild Neighbors and How We Can Help Brendan McGarry
Tuesday, October 11 from 7:00-8:30pm
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
Learn how artificial lights – from the front porch to highway lights – impact wildlife. Many creatures are negatively impacted by artificial lights, including birds, nocturnal mammals, insects, and amphibians. Light pollution can disrupt migrating species, change breeding behavior, and make populations more vulnerable to predation. The good news is that many lights can be turned off either entirely or selectively. Join us in learning about the life history of local wildlife and how we can be better neighbors.

10 Gateway Birds of Puget Sound and How to Find Them with Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
Class: Wednesday, October 12 from 7:00-9:00pm
Optional In-Person Field Trip (location TBD): Sunday, October 16 from 8:00-11:00am
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
Appropriate for BEGINNER birders.
Birds are everywhere – they live and love in cities, towns and farms, in parks, and along shorelines.  And birding is for everyone!  If you’ve gotten curious about the birds around you and want to learn more, how do you get started?  Where do you go to see interesting birds?  How do you find the birds, once you get there?  Should you go alone or with a small group?  Do you actually need to “go” very far?  Using 10 (or so) charismatic birds that can be found within Seattle as inspiration, we’ll explore resources you can use to learn about birds and plan your own birding excursions.  We’ll touch on strategies on how to go from “duck” to “Gadwall,” though bird ID isn’t the focus of this class.

This class will be shared by Zoom.  If you can’t join us in real time, you’ll be able to watch the recording afterwards. We’ll also take an optional in-person field trip to see some actual birds. If you would like to join the field trip, please be sure to add the field trip option to your registration. If there’s a lot of field trip interest, we will do a lottery drawing on Monday, September 26; we’ll communicate with all field trip registrants via email on September 26.

Clever, Curious, and Charismatic Crows with Dr. Loma Pendergraft
Tuesday, October 18 from 7-9:00pm
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
The antics of crows, ravens, and other members of their taxonomic family-a group called Corvids-have captivated our imaginations throughout history. Many of our myths, legends, and stories revolve around the astonishing brainpower these birds possess. But what is fact and what is fiction? Here we will discuss fun facts about crows, the capabilities (and limits) of their intelligence, and the research that scientists at the University of Washington have conducted on these fascinating birds.

Introduction to Water Birds of Puget Sound with Hans deGrys
Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Tickets $18 with sliding scale
Puget Sound hosts relatively few water birds over the summer, but fall marks the return of our loons, grebes, alcids, cormorants, and sea ducks.  This is a great time to learn or re-familiarize yourself with the many different species that spend the winter in our little corner of the Salish Sea.  The class will focus on the identification, behavior, and natural history of this diverse collection of birds. This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders.

Birding by Habitat in Seattle’s Urban Parks with Brendan McGarry
Tuesday, October 25 from 7-9:00pm
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
Seattle has a wealth of urban parks – every neighborhood has some wonderful opportunities for birding. But aside from proximity, how might one decide where to go birding? With a variety of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and shorelines to appreciate it might be hard to choose. Here’s your opportunity to think about what species to expect in certain habitats and refine that next urban bird outing. We’ll discuss some notable places to watch birds in Seattle, and make connections to the ecological niches they fill in our urban landscape. 

The Raptors Among Us with Connie Sidles
Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 23, & 30 from 7:00-8:30pm
Tickets: $72 with sliding scale
Few observations in nature delight the soul more than the sight of a hawk or an eagle circling lazily in the sky. But looks can be deceptive. These are working birds, actively hunting for prey to chase down and eat. “Raptor” comes from the Latin word for “seize or plunder,” and that is indeed what these magnificent hunters do. Washington is host to some 25 species of vultures, eagles, hawks, and falcons. Come let master birder Connie Sidles show you how to identify them all. Class is designed for advanced-beginner and intermediate birders.

More classes will be added soon. Please check back!

Recordings of classes are available for one month past the live class date

Who’s Calling, Please? Introducing “Birding By Ear” with Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
Classes: Thursdays, September 22 and 29 from 7:00-8:30pm
Optional In-Person Field Trip (location TBD): Sunday, September 25 from 7:30-9:30am [this trip is full]
Tickets: $36 with sliding scale
Identifying birds by their songs and calls can transform both your everyday life and your birding experience. This 2-part class is especially for folks who are just starting to recognize the sounds of birds in their neighborhood. We’ll take a deep dive into the songs and calls of four birds that are common in the greater Puget Sound area and that have distinctive and diverse sounds. With the goals that (1) you’ll come away having definitively learned the sounds of at least one bird and (2) you’ll have a solid foundation of skills to learn the sounds of as many birds as you fancy.

The two classes will be shared by Zoom. If you can’t join us in real time, you’ll be able to watch the recordings afterwards. We’ll also take an optional in-person field trip to practice our new listening skills. If you would like to join the field trip, please be sure to add the field trip option to your registration. If there’s a lot of field trip interest, we will do a lottery drawing on Monday, September 12; we’ll communicate with all field trip registrants via email on September 12. [Note: the field trip is now full, and trip registration is closed]

Best Foot Forward: How Bird’s Feet Define their Lives with Connie Sidles
Wednesdays, September 14, 21, & 28 from 7:00-8:00pm
Tickets: $54 with sliding scale
Birds, like humans, are bipedal; and like humans, this fact has freed their (and our) upper limbs for other purposes. In our case, it was hands. In the avian world, it was wings. But because wings are so specialized for flying, birds cannot use them as “tools” to grasp, tear, catch, preen, build nests and do all the other tasks of daily living. Instead birds use their feet. To understand how a bird lives, look down and study its feet. They are, by turns, lethal, cute, feathery, scaly, aerodynamic, hydrodynamic, colorful, long, short, and always, always useful. Follow master birder Connie Sidles as she explores this aspect of bird life. You’ll never look at birds the same way again.

Do I register for each class separately?

Yes. Click on the Register Now button at the bottom of the class description to register for that class only.

Are classes recorded?

All online classes are recorded and links to view the recordings are emailed to registrants within a few days of the live class session. You do not need to let anyone know if you cannot attend the live session – you will receive the recording no matter what.

An online class series is underway. Can I still join?

Once a class series has started, we generally no longer accept registrations to join the live, online classes. You may register to receive the class recordings. Links to recordings can be found in the confirmation email that auto-sends when you register (check your junk and/or clutter boxes) if an online session has already happened, or will be emailed to you after the online session has finished.

How long are recordings available?

The class recording is available for one month past the live class session. If the class is a series of sessions (some classes have 2-4 sessions over a period of weeks), the recordings for all sessions in that series are available for one month past the last live class session date (e.g. if the last class in the series is on May 1, the recordings for the whole series will be available until June 1).

Do Seattle Audubon members receive a discount on online classes?

Yes. Current members of our local Seattle Audubon chapter receive a 20% discount on online classes as a benefit of annual membership. Select the member ticket at registration.

How do I use Zoom?

 If you have never used Zoom, check out this YouTube tutorial.

What is the master birder class about and when is the next master birder class series happening?

Seattle Audubon offers the master birder program, a two-semester course and education-for-service program focusing on the identification and natural history of Washington’s birds. Usually offered every other year, participants benefit from an intensive study of Northwest birds and serve as valuable resources for Seattle Audubon and the community.

I want to know more about IN PERSON classes.

To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions for IN PERSON classes, including helpful tips for finding class venues, click here. 

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