Classes and Workshops

February 24, 2018Advanced Birding with Scott Mills

Advanced Birding with Scott Mills 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.


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January 13, 2018Birding 101

Birding 101, a beginner birding class, will be offered for 5 consecutive Saturdays 9-11am from January 13th to February 10th, 2018 at the Visitor Center at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Scott Mills, a retired Biology professor and professional ornithologist, will be the instructor.

The class will introduce birding with an emphasis on developing identification skills. Other topics will include a review of birding tools such as binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, and some discussion of bird biology.  Designed primarily for beginners to intermediate birders, yet useful for birders of all levels. 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.


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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.

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