Classes and Workshops

November 15, 2017Birding by Shape

Want to learn how to identify birds when you cannot view their coloration or hear their calls?  There are ways to know birds by their shape, size, and location. On November 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Capitol Museum Coach House, Scott Mills, retired ornithologist, will once again teach this popular class, “Birding by Shape”. Cost is on a sliding scale basis from $15 to $20. Registration required. To sign up please contact Ken Brown at Limit of 24 seats.  


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June 2, 2017Birding by Ear Class

Birding by Ear – An Introduction

Instructor: Paul Hicks

Please join us for our Birding by Ear Class on Friday, June 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This will be a lecture/discussion, followed-up with an early morning field trip—a choice between the 3rd or 10th (or possibly 20th) of June. Our instructor is long-time birder Paul Hicks, who has been birding by ear since high school. The lecture component will be held at Grace Community Covenant Church, 5501 Wiggins Road S.E. Directions will be supplied with registration.

Many birders find birding by ear particularly challenging, yet it opens up a whole new dimension of identifying and enjoying our avian friends. Paul hopes to introduce BBE to beginning birders as well as enhance the skills of more advanced birders. The class will focus on song recognition—not highly technical, but homework and practice will be assigned. Participants are encouraged to bring field guides, gadgets, or apps that they have found helpful.

The class—the lecture and one field trip—is $10 and is limited to 24 to allow for two comfortable-sized field component groups. Preregistration is required. To register, please contact education chair Mary Russell at or call 357-6863.

As always, check our Black Hills Audubon website...

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