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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.

Online Class Series: Filling the Bill with Connie Sidles
Date: Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5 from 7:00-8:30pm
Tickets: $90 with sliding scale
A bird’s bill is its most utilitarian “tool,” used to grasp, tear, catch, preen, build nests, and do all the other tasks of daily living. To understand how birds live, look first at their bills. For more than 150 million years, birds’ bills have been evolving to fill every conceivable ecological niche, from the preposterous to the practical. Come along with master birder Connie Sidles as she explores the myriad solutions birds have come up with to answer the most basic of questions: What’s for dinner? Who’s my mate? Do you like my moves? And when will these youngters feed themselves?

April In-Person Field Class: Birding at Mount St. Helens with Gina Roberti and Brendan McGarry
Date: Saturday, April 15 from 3:00-7:00pm
Meeting location: Coldwater Lake Picnic Area. Indoor restrooms area available at the parking area, but not along the trail
Tickets: $55 with sliding scale
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with rolling hills), up to 3.5 miles of hiking depending upon the needs of the group
Group size limit: 20
Note: Transportation to this class will not be arranged by Seattle Audubon. Participants must arrange their own transportation.

Join us as we tour the diverse mosaic of habitats created by the 1980 eruption and learn about where to see some of Mount St. Helen’s signature birds. We will visit some of the best and most accessible birding sites on the north side of Mount St. Helens including the Hummocks trail, Coldwater Lake and the Boundary Trail. Our trip will focus on habitat type and distribution and will include a substantial amount of hiking (up to 3.5 miles). Learn more about the trip details, such as accessibility, amenities, cell phone reception, and more on THIS DOCUMENT, courtesy of Gina Roberti. The end-of-day timing is designed to align with early evening birdsong and bird activity. NOTE: there is no separate in-person or online class associated with this event. The “class” will happen in the field, at Mount St. Helens.

This field trip will familiarize you with the most accessible birding locations in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Online Class: The 10 Gateway Birds of Seattle & How to Find Them with Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser
Class: Thursday, April 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
In-Person Field Trip (Optional – Union Bay Natural Area): Sunday, April 23, 7:30 – 10:30 am
Tickets: $18 for class only, $18 + $5 with field trip (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 the Union Bay Natural Area, near the University of Washington Seattle Campus, to see some actual birds.  The trip is limited to 15 people.  If you would like to join the field trip, please be sure to add the field trip option to your registration.  (This option will be removed from the registration process once the trip is full.)

This class will next be offered in July, in person, in the south end of Seattle.

May In-Person Field Class: Birding at Mount St. Helens with Gina Roberti and Brendan McGarry
Date: Saturday, May 13 from 3:00-7:00pm
Meeting location: Coldwater Lake Picnic Area. Indoor restrooms area available at the parking area, but not along the trail
Tickets: $55 with sliding scale
Trip Accessibility: 1 (leisurely pace), C (hiking trails with rolling hills), up to 3.5 miles of hiking depending upon the needs of the group
Group size limit: 20
Note: Transportation to this class will not be arranged by Seattle Audubon. Participants must arrange their own transportation.

Join us as we tour the diverse mosaic of habitats created by the 1980 eruption and learn about where to see some of Mount St. Helen’s signature birds. We will visit some of the best and most accessible birding sites on the north side of Mount St. Helens including the Hummocks trail, Coldwater Lake and the Boundary Trail. Our trip will focus on habitat type and distribution and will include a substantial amount of hiking (up to 3.5 miles). Learn more about the trip details, such as accessibility, amenities, cell phone reception, and more on THIS DOCUMENT, courtesy of Gina Roberti. The end-of-day timing is designed to align with early evening birdsong and bird activity. NOTE: there is no separate in-person or online class associated with this event. The “class” will happen in the field, at Mount St. Helens.

This field trip will familiarize you with the most accessible birding locations in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

More classes will be added soon. Please check back!

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

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.
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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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