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Adult Education Classes

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.

Sparrow Identification Workshop – a classroom and field instruction experience

January 31 & February 2

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 type 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 $110; Non-members $145
  • Limited to 10 participants
  • Class: Thursday, January 31, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
  • Field trip:  Saturday, February 2, 7 AM – 4 PM, location to be announced

Class is full.  Please click here to be added to the wait list.

Raptor Identification Workshop – a classroom and field instruction experience

February 7 & 9

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 $110; Non-members $145
  • Limited to 10 participants
  • Class: Thursday, February 7, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
  • Field trip:  Saturday, February 9, 7 AM – 4 PM, location to be announced

Class is full. Please click here to be added to the wait list.

Introduction to Birding by Ear – a classroom and field instruction experience

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
  • Class: Thursday, April 4, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, Tucson Audubon Main Office, University and 5th Ave, Tucson
  • Field trip:  Saturday, April 6, 6 AM – 1:30 PM, location to be announced

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Advanced Techniques for Birding by Ear – a classroom and field instruction experience

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

REGISTER NOW


Wait list policy:  If you sign up for the wait list you will be contacted to complete registration if an opening becomes available.

Cancellation policy: For cancellations made more than 7 days in advance a full refund, less 25% administrative fee, will be given. No refunds can be made within 7 days of a class. To cancel your reservation, please email events@tucsonaudubon.org or call 520-209-1812.

 

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.

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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