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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 Programs Manager, Eric Scheuering, 520-209-1809.

Beginning Birding – a classroom and field instruction experience

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

Sunday, October 27, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson

Sunday, November 3, 8:00 – 11:00 AM, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE

Sparrow Identification Workshop

January 30 & February 1

Often skulky and elusive, these “little brown jobs” are often overlooked in the field. As part of this workshop, you will learn how to find and observe sparrows in their preferred habitat. Useful foraging behaviors and flight characteristics are presented by general and vocalizations for breeding species are reviewed. The significance of bill shape and size, wing length and tail length are all discussed in relation to identification. This workshop covers 34 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs that may be found in the Southwest.

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

Thursday, January 30, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, February 1, 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE


Raptor Identification Workshop

February 6 & 8

A favorite among birdwatchers, raptors impress us with their size and speed. Though there are not many species of raptors, identification challenges arise from variations in their plumages due to age, sub-species or color morphs. In this workshop, you will learn to recognize species apart from their plumages and learn behaviors that aid in their identification. The importance of a raptor’s wing shape and its influence on flight and behavior and other physiological features will be presented. This workshop covers 28 species of raptors that can be found in the Southwest.

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

Thursday, February 6, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, February 8, 7:00 AM – 4:00 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

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

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

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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

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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