Leading a local community in appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.

Adult Classes

May in-person classes have been cancelled. Registrants will be contacted regarding fee refunds.

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Registration for the below online classes will open on Saturday, May 2

More online sessions will be listed soon - please check back!

POSTPONED: Introduction to Flycatchers of the Pacific Northwest with Hans de Grys
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30pm-9:00pm <--RESCHEDULED DATE COMING SOON
$15+ sliding scale fee; pay what you can*
More than a dozen species of flycatchers migrate north to Washington state each spring to breed and raise their chicks.  While flycatchers are notorious for being similar to each other and challenging to identify, most of our flycatcher species are actually quite distinct, with differing field marks, vocalizations, habits, and natural histories.  This class will focus on flycatcher identification by sight, behavior, habitat, and voice. 

What's that Bird? A Guide to our Feathered Neighbors (Family-Friendly) with Anna Murphy & Hanae Bettencourt
Wednesday, June 10, 4:00-5:00pm
$15+ sliding scale fee; pay what you can*
Have you ever wondered why that speckled bird is poking at the ground, or how that tiny hummingbird makes its nest? Please join us for an engaging, family-friendly introduction to some of our feathered neighbors! Get to know your local birdsthrough drawing, movement, and easy song mnemonics. Geared toward youth ages 6-12.

What the birds want you to know about taking their portraits with Gloria Nagler
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00-8:30pm
$15+ sliding scale fee; pay what you can*
Taking up photography as a hobby during the pandemic can be great for your mental health. We will talk about setting up your camera for bird photography, how to use the natural light, why patience is a critical tool, how you decide what to include in the frame, and other information you need before searching for your subjects. This is not a hyper-technical class: not about how cameras work, but about how to capture better bird pix! A basic familiarity, however, with a DSLR or mirrorless camera is assumed for this class. Ideal for beginners and near–beginners.

Gloria has been an amateur wildlife photographer for over ten years, and her photos are often used in a local newsletters as well as by Seattle Audubon. In 2014 the Seattle Times awarded her photo of a gull the Best Reader Photo of the Year. She still have much to learn, though, which is the joy of photograpy!

Molt Happens: what birders should know about molt and plumages with Mike Donahue
Wednesday, June 24, 7:00-9:00pm
$15+ sliding scale fee; pay what you can*
By mid-summer many of our local birds are starting to molt, so this is an ideal time to learn more about molt and plumage succession! This class will give a basic overview of plumage sequences, how to recognize molt when out birding, and illustrate how understanding plumage sequence and molt can be an important aid in bird identification.

* If you are unable to pay a fee, please email Christine Scheele for a fee waiver code. Though the first couple of online classes were offered for free (with donation suggested), we need to Seattle Audubon to remain afloat while all of our in-person, revenue-generating classes cannot happen. We hope you understand.

Woodpeckers This class has been cancelled due to public health concerns. Registrants will be contacted.
with Dan McDougall-Treacy, Seattle Audubon Classes Committee member and master birder
Cost: $35 members, $50 non-members
Join this class to indulge our fascination with Woodpeckers.  Familiar cartoon character – sure. But wait – there’s more!  While most woodpeckers dress themselves in patterned black and white, some show themselves in shades of green or browns. Their unique mode of living – including drumming and drilling – arouses our attention and our curiosity. Some woodpecker species are widespread, and others are uncommon and specialize in unique environmental niches.

The class will examine the distinctive characteristics of this family and review the 12 species that can be seen in Washington. A closer emphasis on the five species commonly found here on the western side of the state will include field marks and other identification tips, range and habitat, nesting, foraging and feeding specializations, and ecological and conservation issues.

Updated March 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Public Health — Seattle & King County has released new proactive public health recommendations meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Seattle Audubon is responding to these latest recommendations with additional changes to our activities. We undertake these changes to reduce risks for the members of our community at higher risk of severe illness. We will continue to evaluate as new information becomes available.  (Resources are listed at the end of this document.)

Contact information for the relevant staff is listed for each activity, if you have further questions or concerns. Seattle Audubon is also following recommendations for employers and limiting staff who will work from the office. Through this challenging time in our community, we encourage everyone to act with kindness and compassion, and to support those in the community who most need our collective actions to help reduce the spread of this disease.


  • Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue and wash your hands immediately afterward.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water. If no soap is available, use a hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol content.
  • Avoid touching your face with unclean hands.

A variety of classes on birding and natural history are taught throughout the year by qualified instructors who are experts in their respective fields. Classes support the Seattle Audubon mission of appreciating, understanding, and protecting birds and their natural habitats.

  • New classes open for registration quarterly (March 1, June 1, Sept. 1, Dec.1); if the 1st of the quarter falls on a Sunday or a holiday registration will open the following day.
  • To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, including helpful tips for finding class venues, click here.  

Visit the Master Birder page to learn more about that two-semester program.

Master Birder Information

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.

Seattle Audubon is nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Copyright Seattle Audubon.