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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

Friday, March 6, 7–11 am, Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson
Friday, March 13, 7–10 am, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE

eBird Workshops: Good for You and Good for The Birds! 
Have you heard of eBird?  Do you think it’s just for advanced or experienced birders? Come learn how this user-friendly database from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology can help you keep track of the birds you’ve seen, help you find the birds you want to see, and how logging the birds you see into eBird contributes to bird research and conservation, whether you are a new birder or a lifelong lister.

Through this series of four workshops you’ll learn what eBird can do for you and why you should be using eBird. Each two-hour workshop at the Mason Center will include classroom time as well as field time to practice what we’ve learned. MORE DETAILS HERE

Instructor: Holly Kleindienst
Fee: Tucson Audubon Members $20/class; Non-members $30/class
Limited to 12 participants/class

eBird 101: TRACK THE BIRDS YOU SEE    Class is FULL. Register for the wait list here
Thursday, March 12, 9-11 am,
Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson

eBird 102: FIND THE BIRDS YOU WANT TO SEE    REGISTER HERE
Thursday, March 19, 9-11 am,
Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson

eBird 201: USE THE eBIRD APP TO SUBMIT CHECKLISTS    REGISTER HERE
Thursday, March 26, 9-11 am,
Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson

eBird 202: eBIRD TRIP REPORTS & OTHER BIRDING APPS    REGISTER HERE
Thursday, April 2, 9-11 am,
Tucson Audubon’s Mason Center, 3835 W. Hardy Rd, Tucson

Birding by Ear 101

April 2 & 4

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 $125; Non-members $160
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, April 2, 5:30–8:30 pm, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, April 4, 6 am–1:30 pm, location to be announced
Class is FULL. Register for the wait list here.

Birding by Ear 102 – Beyond the Basics

April 9 & 11

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 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 $125; Non-members $160
Limited to 10 participants

Thursday, April 9, 5:30–8:30 pm, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
Saturday, April 11, 6 am–1:30 pm, location to be announced
REGISTER HERE

Learn your birds on a field trip!

Explore the birds of southeast Arizona
FIND A TRIP

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.

Holly Kleindienst is retired from the US Forest Service where she had a fulfilling career as a wildland firefighter and fire manager. Coming from a family of birders and nature enthusiasts, she is a lifelong backyard birder, and outdoor recreationist. Upon inheriting her mother’s quality binoculars in 2012, Holly took up birding in earnest. Most every morning she is out walking and birding to increase her County Year and Life Lists, and her knowledge of local birds. She also birds wherever travels take her which is often to the Caribbean for scuba diving with her husband, George, where they “list” fish as well. Besides leading birding field trips for various organizations, she participates in IBA and other bird surveys including Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. Holly is a great fan of the eBird database, the eBird app, and other mobile birding applications. She is always willing to share how the use of these technologies has enhanced her birding experience.

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