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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.

In-Person Session: Who’s Watching You? with David B. Williams
Tuesday, June 14 from 10:00am-noon
Tickets: $18 with sliding scale
Do you ever have the feeling that you are being watched when you walk in downtown Seattle? You are probably right. Hundreds of eyes peer out from buildings in the city observing your every step. Neither human nor electronic, these ever-present watchers belong to dozens of carved and molded animals gazing out from Seattle buildings. Based on my book, Seattle Walks, this 1.5 mile walk through Seattle’s central business district will reveal a menagerie of beasts fabled, fantastic, and fierce, including lions and walruses, as well as  eagles, ducks, and pelicans.

Meet at the intersection of Western Avenue and Blanchard Street (NW corner, across the street from 2200 Western Ave.). This is a one way walk and ends at 2nd Avenue and Cherry Street, about 1.5 miles from where we begin. Walk should take 90-120 minutes. If you have binoculars, you might want to bring them but they are not necessary.

The Woodpeckers of Washington with Connie Sidles
Wednesday, June 15 from 7-9:00pm
Tickets: $15 with sliding scale
Considering that woodpeckers can slam their heads into solid wood up to 20 times a second with a force of some 1,200 g’s, it’s a wonder they have any brains to think with at all. Yet these highly specialized birds forage for food, find mates, raise their young, and delight us all with their antics. In this class, you will learn how they do it. Washington State is rich in woodpecker species: 13 different species fill niches from the lowlands to coniferous-clad foothills. Come let master birder Connie Sidles show you how to identify and find them all. Class is designed for all levels of birders.

Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound with David B. Williams
Tuesday, June 28 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.

Fall Shorebirds for Advanced-Beginner and Intermediate Birders with Connie Sidles (5 sessions)
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 27, August 3, 10 from 7-8:30pm
Tickets: $75 with sliding scale
Designed to be camouflaged from predators, the fall shorebirds can deceive bird-watchers too. They look so much alike! If you’ve thought you’ll never be able to tell them apart, have no worries. The juvenile birds who hatched in the Far North will be coming through our state in late summer through fall. With the help of master birder Connie Sidles, you should be able to meet the challenge of identifying these incredible migrants, who bring with them a whiff of the far-off tundra and a hint of the places they have still to go.

More spring classes will be added soon. Please check back!

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

Bird’s Eye View: How the volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest create unique and changing habitat for birds with Gina Roberti
Recording available until May 19, 2022
Tickets $15 with sliding scale
On May 18, 1980, a cataclysmic event occurred at Mount St. Helens as the north flank of the volcano slid off in one of the largest landslides in recorded history, unleashing a powerful eruption. This eruption buried 230 square miles of existing old-growth forest with hundreds of feet of volcanic debris. In some places closest to the crater of the volcano, almost no living organisms survived. Ash from the eruption blew across the United States and megatons of logs and volcanic debris clogged up rivers, lakes and streams. The eruption dramatically reshaped the landscape, creating a mosaic of habitat types that are now home to a diverse suite of birds.
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. This interactive presentation will excite and prepare you for birdwatching in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Bring your questions and curiosities!

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. 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 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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