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Classes and Workshops

Designed for you to improve your knowledge and to practice your skills in some of the most beautiful locations in the region. Register by clicking the links below. For general questions or help registering, contact the Education Program Manager, Eric Scheuering, 520-209-1809.

Beginning Birding – a classroom and field instruction experience
April 13 & 20

Are you interested in meeting your local birds? Join us for an introduction to birdwatching and get to know the common birds you’ll find in and around Tucson. In this classroom and field-based workshop participants will learn techniques for identification, including recognizing birds by size and shape, behavior, plumage, and habitat. We’ll also practice using binoculars and field guides.

Instructor: Eric Scheuering, Tucson Audubon’s Education Programs Manager
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $75; Non-members $110
Limited to 12 participants


Saturdays, April 13 and 20, 7-11 a.m., Pima Community College – East Campus
(Room E1-106), 8181 E Irvington Rd, Tucson & an additional field location, to be determined. 
Please register here.

Introduction to Birding by Ear

April 4 & 6

Learn to use your ears as much as (if not more than) your eyes while birding your favorite destinations. This class will introduce you to the world of bird vocalizations and give you the basic framework for learning the voices of our master singers. The evening classroom session will include the natural history of vocalizations, how to read sonograms, and the basic components of bird song. The field trip will give students a chance to practice recognition and discernment of these components in the field. Vocalizations will be recorded and brought back to the classroom to analyze during lunch. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds will be used as a reference (available at the TAS Nature Shop).

Instructor: Homer Hansen
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $110; Non-members $145
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, April 4, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, April 6, 6 AM – 1:30 PM, location to be announced
Class is FULL. Please click here to be added to the wait list.


Advanced Techniques for Birding by Ear

April 11 & 13

Delve further into your enjoyment for birding by ear with this class. The nuances of bird vocalizations are at the forefront of this class with the goal to understand what you are hearing in greater detail. The evening classroom session presents advanced terminology and concepts for hearing bird song, including tonal qualities, transcription techniques, and similar species comparisons. The field trip will practice applying these skills in the field. Vocalizations will be recorded and brought back to the classroom to analyze during lunch. The Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds will be used as a reference (available at the TAS Nature Shop).

Instructor: Homer Hansen
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $110; Non-members $145
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, April 11, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, April 13, 6 AM – 1:30 PM, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE

Wondrous World of Warblers

August 15 & 17

Warblers are some of North America’s smallest birds, and are known for their wide variety of colors and long migrations from South America and the West Indies to northern Canada and back. Their rapid movements from branch to branch and behind leaves can make identification challenging. Learn how to distinguish between the fall warblers of southeast Arizona. This workshop will cover key structural characteristics, comparisons with similar species, and vocalizations.

Instructor: Homer Hansen
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $125; Non-members $160
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, August 15, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, August 17, 6:30 AM – 4:30 PM, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE


Flycatchers of Southeastern Arizona

September 5 & 7

Ready to leap into the identification of Empidonax and Myiarchus flycatchers? This workshop introduces you to the diverse family Tyrannidae and highlights the ways to separate the kingbirds, pewees, empids and flycatchers of southeastern Arizona. The workshop will focus on generic and species-specific structural and plumage characteristics with a brief introduction to vocalizations for a few of the species.

Instructor: Homer Hansen
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $125; Non-members $160
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, September 5, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, September 7, 6:30 AM – 4:30 PM, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE


Wait list policy: If you sign up for the wait list, we will contact you if an opening comes available.

Cancellation policy: For cancellations made more than 7 days in advance, a full refund, minus a 25% administrative fee, will be given. No refunds can be made within 7 days of a class. To cancel your reservation, please email Eric Scheuering or call 520-209-1808.

 

Meet Our Instructors

Homer Hansen is the author of the G.I.S.S. Series bird identification guides and has been bird watching in the southwest since 1995. Homer is a native of Willcox, Arizona, and is chairman of the annual Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Fesitval. He feels fortunate to have grown up surrounded by Sandhill Cranes in winter and Cassin’s Sparrows in summer. Homer has given numerous workshops and tours on raptors, sparrows, flycatchers, warblers, bird vocalizations, and other aspects of bird ecology over the years and is a regular presenter and trip leader for other Arizona birding festivals. He is also the course instructor for the Tucson Audubon Society’s Moving to Mastery birding course and five of our specialty workshops.

Eric Scheuering has been sharing his love for birds with other people for over 25 years. Early in his career as a biologist at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon he led people on tours of the refuge and surrounding area. Later, after earning a master’s degree in science education, he taught middle school science for five years and always looked for ways to incorporate natural history and ecology topics in his teaching. In 2014 he joined the staff of the Audubon Society of Portland and taught a variety of bird-related classes, in addition to leading birding trips, both locally and around the world. In early 2018 he moved to Tucson to work as an environmental educator for Pima County, and now as the Education Programs Manager at Tucson Audubon, he’s excited to continue to help people learn about and enjoy the rich bird life of southeastern Arizona. 

 

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

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3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

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477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447