Birds are everywhere you look, but how to figure out which one is which? This workshop takes the mystery out of bird observation and identification by giving you the tools to see the whole bird—not just its color, but its shape, size, pattern, behavior, and more. You'll learn about resident species as well as those that arrive in the spring and summer, with a special focus on bird songs.
The class starts with a slide presentation in the Manor House Fireplace Room. You'll learn to see beyond a bird's color to consider other physical and behavioral characteristics that tell you about a bird's identity and life history. With new awareness, you’ll walk around the Garden, with Laura helping you detect birds by moving slowly, being patient, and using your ears and eyes.
Longtime birder and teacher Laura Whittemore loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland for many years and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop, where she helped bird-feeding enthusiasts ID those confusing little brown birds. Laura holds a BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and has traveled in the US, Australia, South Africa, and Antarctica in search of birds.
$30 general/$25 Leach Garden Friend. Registration link.
Meet in the Manor House. Bring binoculars if you have them & dress for the weather.
Pileated Woodpecker by Lorax, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23541