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Class is Full! Please consider us for next year!  

2015 Dates:

Tuesday evening lectures: March 17 and 31,April 14 and 28, May 12 from 6-8:30pm

Saturday morning field trips: March 21, April 4 and 19, May 2 and 16 from 8-11am

Audience: Adults, children 14+

Join us for the 8th 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. Registration is required by Friday March 13, 2015.


Field Ornithology Course Schedule
Tuesday Lectures Topic Sat Field Trips Location
Week 1 March 17

Ornithology 101, The Art of Birding

Kara Haas, Science Education and Outreach Coordinator, Kellogg Biological Station


Joel Pennington

Bird Song

Josh Haas, Glances at Nature

March 21
Sanctuary & Kellogg Biological Station grounds
Week 2 March 31

Avian Anatomy

Pamela Rasmussen, MSU Museum and Department of Zoology

Shorebird ID

Jerry Jourdan

April 4
Wintergreen Lake, Gull Lake, and area wetlands
Week 3 April 14

Soundscape Ecology:  Understanding the Collective Sound of the Environment

Sharon Gill, WMU Department of Biological Sciences

Forest Bird ID

Rich and Brenda Keith, Kalamazoo Nature Center

April 18
Local upland and lake habitats
Week 4 April 28

Limiting Bird Damage to Fruit Crops

Catherine Lindell, MSU Department of Zoology

Grassland Bird ID

Lisa Duke, Sanctuary Manager, Kellogg Bird Sanctuary


May 2
Local upland and forest habitats
Week 5 May 12

Bird Conservation in Michigan

Chris Mensing, Fish and Wildlife Biologist,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wetland/Lake Bird ID

Misty Klotz, Climate Change and Agriculture Outreach Coordinator, Kellogg Biological Station

May 16
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