Classes and Workshops

Bird-banding Training Scholarships

BHAS will again offer two scholarships for bird-banding training this coming spring. The six days of training will be presented at Glacial Heritage Preserve over two long week-ends, tentatively scheduled for May 20-22 and May 27-29, by the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM). The cost for training each person is $450; BHAS will provide $400 of the fee for each scholarship recipient, so each participant will have to provide the remaining $50. After the training, each recipient will be expected to make a short presentation at a BHAS program meeting and participate in volunteer bird-banding using her/his new skills.

If you are interested in participating in this training and applying for one of the scholarships—people of all ages are eligible—please provide a statement explaining (1) why you would best be suited to receive the training and (2) how you will apply this training to your professional work and/or to your personal pursuits and interests. Send your statement, by April 1, to Sam Merrill, Conservation Committee Chair, BHAS, at (photo – CNLM)

Birding 101 sponsored by BHAS and Friends of Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

Dates: Five Saturday mornings, 9-11 a.m.; February 18, 25 and March 4, 11, 18.
Where: Visitor Center at Billy Frank, Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.
Cost: $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available.

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. 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. Some birding experience is recommended but not required.

Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other 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.

To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.