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Adult Classes

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 registraion 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. 

Fall class registration opens on Tuesday, September 3 to accomodate the Labor Day holiday

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Intermediate Birding: Summertime Breeders and Early Fall Migrants with Connie Sidles, author and Master Birder
Lectures: Thursdays, July 11, 18, August 8, 15, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building Room 1
Field Trip: Two per student, sign-up in class: July 13: Bottle Beach and Tokeland; July 20: Cle Elum; July 27: Treasure Hunt at Montlake Fill; August 9, 10, 11: Overnight to either Ellensburg or the Methow Valley, depending on fire conditions. Half the class will go on 9/10; the other half will go on 10/11.
Cost: $120 members, $135 non-members
Limit: 20
In the summer, birds are rushing to raise their babies and get ready for fall, when many will leave us for warmer climes. If you're an intermediate birder who wants to deepen your skills, then this class is for you. Together we will learn about our summer thrushes, blackbirds, swallows, swifts, goatsuckers, and woodpeckers. We'll also devote ourselves to studying the fall shorebirds, both returning adults and the later juveniles. We'll learn plumages and natural history so you will really *know* these birds.

In addition to 4 classroom sessions, Connie will lead 4 field trips, where you can observe the birds studied in class. Participants are limited to 10 people per trip. We will record your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices during the first class and will figure out who is assigned to each field trip. We'll do our best to try to give everyone their 1st or 2nd choice, and we'll also try to give everyone two trips. Field trip transportation is by carpool, with gas expenses shared by passengers.

In addition to the field trips, all students may participate in a treasure hunt, when we will divide into teams and search our area for targeted birds. It's a contest! Finally, all students are invited to join Connie on weekly weekend shorebird counts at Montlake Fill (not Seattle Audubon affiliated) and a once-a-month bird census of all birds at the Fill. This is part of a 3-years study project to document the effects of WSDOT's mitigation plan at this site. Dates/times TBA. Appropriate for intermediate birders.

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.

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