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


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.


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


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


(updated 4/27/2011)

Field Trip Bird Lists 2011 (pdf)

Field Trip Bird Lists 2010