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Registration now open!  Course Flyer

2014 Dates:

Tuesday evening lectures: March 25, April 1, 15, 29, May 13 from 6-8:30pm

Saturday morning field trips: March 29, April 5, 19, May 3, 17 from 8-11am

Audience: Adults, children 14+

Join us for the 7th Annual Field Ornithology Course!  This engaging, hands-on learning experience will help you learn more about the fascinating world of birds and improve your bird watching and identification skills.  Each two part lecture will include a talk from a state or local scientist/ expert followed by an identification lesson. Field trips visit local birding hot spots and are led by experienced birders.  All skill levels are welcome!

The Field Ornithology Course is a 5-week course for adults and open to the general public. Lectures are Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm and cover topics including bird identification, natural history, behavior, conservation, and more.

Field trips are Saturday mornings, 8-11am. The trips are led by knowledgeable, local birders and visit area birding hotspots including the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kellogg Forest, Lux Arbor, and areas around Gull Lake.

COURSE FEES

Course SectionMemberNon-Member
Lectures ONLY $75 $90
Field Trips ONLY $75 $90
Both Lectures and Field Trips $150 $180

REGISTRATION INFORMATION -

Call 269-671-2510, stop in during business hours or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu to reserve a space.  Prepayment is required.

or download the flyer , fill out registration and mail in with a check to MSU.


2014 COURSE SCHEDULE

Field Ornithology Course Schedule
Tuesday Lectures Topic Sat Field Trips Location
Week 1 March 25

Ornithology 101, The Art of Birding

Kara Haas, Environmental Education Coordinator, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary

ID Topic: Winter Resident Species

Advanced track:

Josh Haas, Glances at Nature

March 29
Sanctuary & Kellogg Biological Station grounds
Week 2 April 1

Avian Communication

Danielle Whitaker, MSU BEACON Center

Winter Birds and Survival

Lisa Duke

April 5
Wintergreen Lake, Gull Lake, and area wetlands
Week 3 April 15

A Big Green Year: One Man, One Bike, 200 Birds

Josh Haas, Glances at Nature

Owl Parenting

Kara Haas

April 19
Local upland and lake habitats
Week 4 April 29

Inviting Birds to your Yard: The Importance of Native Plants

Joyce Leppard, Audubon Society of Kalamazoo

How to use your yard for bird conservation

Josh & Kara Haas

May 3
Local upland and forest habitats
Week 5 May 13

Osprey in Michigan: A Story of Recovery

Hannah Schauer, MI DNR Wildlife Division

Warblers by Ear

Josh Haas

May 17
Upland and grassland habitats

COURSE RESOURCES - 2011

Week 1 Lecture presentations & outline (click on title below to open pdf):

Introduction & Tools of the Trail

What is a Bird?

The Art of Birding?

Week 1 Outline

Week 2:

Waterfowl ID presentation

Week 3:

Week 3 Outline

Grassland Species ID presentation

Week 4:

Warbler ID presentation

Week 5:

Wren ID presentation

FIELD TRIP RESOURCES

(updated 4/27/2011)

Field Trip Bird Lists 2011 (pdf)

Field Trip Bird Lists 2010