Classes and Workshops

OILED WILDLIFE FREE HAZWOPER TRAINING – for those interested in helping oiled wildlife response efforts in advance of an oil spill

Learn Important Safety Skills

This one-day interactive training will help you understand how to recognize, react, and protect yourself from the hazards associated with an oil spill. The class will cover hazardous situation recognition, personal protective equipment, decontamination procedures, and an overview of how oil spill response operations are conducted. The class also examines hazards associated with working around oiled wildlife.  NOTE: While some of the subject matter discussed is related to oiled wildlife specific hazards, this training is not a wildlife handling or treatment course.

How to Register for Training

Please register no later than February 3rd for the Port Angeles class and March 17th for the Everett class. Two ways to register:

  1. Go to
  2. Send an email to Nhi Irwin at with the preferred date of attendance. If you are registering for more than one person, please provide their name and email address as well.

February 10, 2018

Where: City Council Chambers, 321 East 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA

Time: 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM

March 24, 2018

Where: Everett Community College, Jackson Conference Center, 2000 Tower Street, Everett, WA

Time: 8:00 AM — 5:00 PM

What to Expect from the Training

  • Check in starts at 7:30 AM so please come early. Class will start promptly at 8:00 AM.
  • Come prepared to be part of an interactive day of training, including demonstration of incident briefings and break out sessions for group discussions.
  • Light refreshments will be served, but you are on your own for lunch.
  • The Port Angeles facility does not have a writing surface so you may want to bring a notebook or clipboard.
  • The Everett facility provides desks.
  • Upon completion, you will receive an 8-hr Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certificate. This class satisfies the annual HAZWOPER renewal requirements.

The Scott Mills Bird Classes


Birding 101

This course emphasizes improving bird identification skills.  Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds, a review of birding tools including binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, some discussion of basic bird biology, and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification.  This course has been offered  many times by Black Hills Audubon over the past several years under the title “Beginning Birding”, but is also as (or perhaps, more) educational for people with some birding experience.  The course has been very popular and a number of people have taken it several times.

Five two-hour classes on Saturday mornings from 9am-11am running January 13th to February 10th, 2018 at the Visitor Center at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Two field trips are included and will be determined at the first class. Cost is $75.00 for this 5-week course. Registration is required and payment made in advance to secure your seat. Contact Ken Brown at with questions or to register. Limit of 24 participants. This class co-sponsored by Black Hills Audubon Society and Friends of Nisqually.

Advanced Birding

This class will be taught five consecutive Saturdays, February 24th through March 24th. Continue learning bird identification with more time spent on morphs, gulls, biology and behavior. Field trips are included with the course and will be determined at the first class. Professor Scott Mills is a retired Biology professor and professional ornithologist. Cost is $75.00. There is a limit of 24 persons. Registration is required and payment made in advance to secure your seat. Contact Ken Brown at to register.

About Scott Mills

Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several foreign countries.  He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon societies.  Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds.