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

Current members of our local Seattle Audubon chapter receive a 20% discount on online classes as a benefit of annual membership. Please use code SASMEMBER at checkout.

More online sessions will be listed as they are scheduled.

Birding By Ear and Spectrogram Series with Nathan Pieplow
Tuesday June 22 and  Thursday June 24 from 7:00-8:30pm, Tickets $30 with sliding scale
At one time or another we’ve all discovered that bird identification by ear can be just as important as bird identification by eye. However, as most of us have also discovered, birding by ear isn’t always easy. There are many tools and techniques available to improve our birding by ear skills, including recorded bird songs and calls, mnemonic devices to recognize bird songs, and spectrograms to help visualize bird songs and calls. Join this class to learn from Nathan Pieplow how to more effectively use spectrograms in particular to improve birding by ear skills. The course will be based on his book, Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America (and Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America) and will include tips on how to use the book most effectively.

As the Crow Flies: Corvids with Dr. Kaeli Swift
Monday, July 12 from 7:00-8:30pm, Tickets $15 with sliding scale
In nearly every corner of the world, crows, ravens, jays and magpies continue to leave their footprint on the culture and hearts of the people around them. These charismatic birds are among the most intelligent, and sometimes rare, animals in the world. Join us as Dr. Kaeli Swift introduces us to the world of crows and ravens, with a special emphasis on the life history and behavior of our local American crows. She will discuss frequently asked questions about their ecology, behavior, and her previous work examining their funeral practices. She will also introduce us to some of the conservation issues that face these seemingly ubiquitous animals.

Bird Watching for Beginners: Identification, Ecology and Fun Facts with Rebecca Lexa
Mondays, July 19 & 26 from 7:00-8:30pm, Tickets $30 with sliding scale
Familiarize yourself with the beautiful birds of the Pacific NW. Learn to identify them by sight, sound, habitat and behavior.
Birds are some of the easiest wildlife to observe, even in urban areas. But how can you tell which is which? Learn how to tell your thrushes from your warblers, hawks from eagles, waterfowl from wading birds, and more! Whether you’re a backyard bird watcher, or are eager to go out into the wilderness to check species off your life list, this is a great class to get you started.

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

Washington’s Humble Bumble Bees Series with David Jennings
This class has already happened. Use the Recording Access button below to receive the class recording. Recordings are available for viewing until July 15, 2021.
Thursday June 10th and Tuesday June 15th from 7:00-8:00pm, Tickets $25 with sliding scale
We have about 26 species of bumble bees here in Washington, one of the highest bumble diversity levels of any state. Bumble bees are distinctive members of our native pollinator community-and can be quite challenging to identify to species. Bumble bees are “keystone species” essential for keeping our native plants and ecosystems healthy. This class will cover bumble bee biology, ecology, life history, field identification, photography, gardening for pollinators, and conservation concerns. Identifying bumble bees in the field is more challenging than one might suspect. The use of a website designed for identifying bumble bees in Washington will be presented as a field ID tool for future reference.

Secrets of Seattle’s Geology with David B. Williams
This class has already happened. Use the Recording Access button below to receive the class recording. Recording is available for viewing until July 8, 2021.
Tuesday, June 8 from 7:00-7:45pm, Tickets $10 with sliding scale
Unlike many regions in the country, the Seattle area is constantly reminded of its geologic past, present, and future.  Whether it is our landslides, our glacier-carved topography, or our volatile volcanoes, this area’s geologic history is young, dynamic, and accessible. In this virtual talk, I will explain why we can blame California for some of our geo hazards, how coal influenced our economic development, and why its harder to travel east/west than north/south.

Warblers & Vireos of the PNW with Hans deGrys
This class has already happened. Use the Recording Access button below to receive the class recording. Recording is available for viewing until June 25, 2021.
Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30-9:00pm, Tickets $15 with sliding scale
Warblers are one of the most sought after groups of breeding songbirds due to their brilliant colors, distinctive vocalizations, and fascinating natural history.  Their varying plumages, habitats, and songs make them an interesting and challenging group for birders. This class will focus on both the natural history and the identification (by sight and sound) of this group of songbirds.  We will also compare and contrast warblers to some superficially similar groups such as vireos and kinglets.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders.

Neotropical Migrant ID for Intermediate Birders with Connie Sidles
This class has already happened. Use the Recording Access button below to receive the class recording. Recordings are available for viewing until June 27, 2021.
Thursdays, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 7:00-8:30pm, Tickets $75 with sliding scale
The neotropical arrivals are streaming into our state now that spring has arrived. In fact, all across the continent, billions of passerines from Central and South America are coming to breed. They are all in their brightest spring plumage – living jewels that have each made this arduous journey on their own, driven by the need to nest. If you’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of species that swell our year-round avian populations, then this class is for you. Come hear Connie Sidles explain how to ID warblers vireos, flycatchers, kingbirds, shrikes, swallows, swifts, nightjars, and (if time allows) hummingbirds. They are here for only a short time, and then they leave us in late summer and fall, emptying our skies for another year.

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.

The online class sold out. Can I still view the class recording?

Yes. Use the Register Now button to purchase access to the class recording. 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. Please use code SASMEMBER at checkout.

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 a Master Birder Program, a two-semester course and education-for-service program focusing on the identification and natural history of Washington’s birds. 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.