We have fantastic upcoming birding programs in addition to our year-round Wednesday Morning Bird Walks: Woodcocks and Wine, Great Swamp Walk, and Friday Morning Bird Walks (from April 28 through May 26). Climate change is a key conversation point in much of our programming this year. You can expect to learn how climate change will effect birds, wildlife and their habitats.
Looking to go deeper into the fantastic world of birding? You can expand your birding knowledge with "Birding: The Next Step" and "Birding for Beginners".
Birding: the Next Step Part II: Taking Flight
Delve into the lives of our feathered friends with Audubon Society of Rhode Island Board Member and professional ornithologist Charles Clarkson. This six-week course is part two of a series. Topics will range from avian anatomy and physiology, the dynamics of migration, the newest technologies in ornithology and to how birds cope with a changing climate. Two weekend field excursions will be arranged.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; March 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11,18, 2017; 6:30-8:00 pm; Program Fee: $125/member, $150/non-member Ages: Adult.
Birding for Beginners
Bird watching is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities. Join the fun! Audubon offers a six-week class providing a basic understanding of bird biology as well as visual and by-ear identification techniques. Led by Lauren Parmelee, long time birder and Audubon senior director of education, time will be spent in both the classroom and the field (weather dependent) to practice birding skills. Please bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, and dress appropriately for the weather. Class is limited to 15 adults, register early.
Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope Street, Bristol, RI; April 15, 22, 29, May 6,13, 20, 2017; 9:30 am-11:30 pm; Program Fee for six-week session: $84/members, $102/non-members. Ages: Adult.