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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.

Neotropical Migrant ID for Intermediate Birders with Connie Sidles
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.

Introduction to Sparrows of Washington State with Hans deGrys
Tuesday, May 4 from 7:30-9:00pm, Tickets $15 with sliding scale
Nearly 20 species of sparrows (and their close allies) call Washington state home for all or part of the year.  While they may appear at first to be a swarm of similar, nondescript birds, the different species of sparrows are actually quite distinct, with differing field marks, vocalizations, habits, and natural histories.  This class will focus both on identification and appreciation of this often overlooked group of birds.  This session is suitable for beginning and intermediate birders.

Warblers & Vireos of the PNW with Hans deGrys
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.

Moths: the shallow end of the pool with David Droppers
Wednesdays, June 2 & 9 from 7:00-8:30pm, Tickets $30 with sliding scale
The world of moths can seem overwhelming at first, where does one begin? Join David for a two-part seminar, where he’ll introduce you to each locally-common family of moths, some pointers for identifying a moth to family, and some of the most common representatives you’ll likely come across at your porch light or on your walks.  Enjoy a fascinating and bewildering array of diversity, from looks to life strategies!  Even better, it’s right outside your door!

Washington’s Humble Bumble Bees with David Jennings
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
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.

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

Nesting and Nourishment: A Travel Through Washington’s Interdependent Birds and Trees with Brendan McGarry
This class has already happened. Use the Recording Access button below to receive the class recording.
Mondays April 12th and 26th from 7:00-9:00pm, Tickets $30 with sliding scale
Most of us have undoubtedly raised binoculars to follow birds through a nearby canopy, but how often do we consider the deep relationships and reliance many species of birds have on native trees? In many cases birds and trees are inextricably linked: conifer seed crops dictating finch populations and aspen groves as apartment blocks for cavity nesting species. Join in on this jaunt across the state and consider our many iconic tree species and the birds that live with, on, and in them. Resources: Common Trees of the PNW folding guide by David Allen Sibley;  Northwest Trees 2nd Edition, by Stephen Arno and Ramona Hammerly; Trees of Western North America by  Richard Spellenberg, Christopher J. Earle, and Gil Nelson; Trees and Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Ellen Kulhmann
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.