Thursday, November 15, 2018

Rookery Bay to Host Birding Workshops


Ever wonder about the birds around you? Would you like to be able to identify them easier and better understand their behavior? November through April, Rookery Bay will host two workshops each month for birders – Birding Basics and Birds of the Beach.

Birding Basics – A fun and informative class designed to help participants identify the birds in everyday life. This workshop is geared toward the beginning birder and explores the use of a birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. The most effective use of binoculars and field guides also will be covered. During the second part of class, participants will take a trip to a nearby park to practice new birding skills.

Birding Basics classes will be offered from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on November 9, December 21, 2018; and January 11, February 8, March 8 and April 12, 2019.

Birds of the Beach – Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds. This workshop will discuss the history of these birds and the annual journeys many of them make. Winter shorebirds can be difficult to identify, so practicing the skills learned in this class is a must. The class will cover the use of plumage, size and behavior to help with identification. To see the many birds discussed, the second half of class will include a trip Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida.

Birds of the Beach classes will be offered from 8 AM to 12 PM on November 10, December 15, 2018; and January 12, February 9, March 9 and April 6, 2019.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road, Naples. Preregister at rookerybay.org/calendar. Cost is $40 (Friends of Rookery Bay members enjoy a 10 percent discount).

For more information visit rookerybay.org.

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