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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Female Bird ID

Red-winged blackbird, female

March 30, 2021 , 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, March 29th, and space is limited.

Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming events here.

*We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you live in Alabama and would like to request financial assistance, please email us.*

As birders, we often assume that female birds are duller, quieter, and less interesting than their counterparts. Just think about the common names of your favorite species—most of them pay homage to the male field marks, right? In this class, we’ll flip the script by digging into the subtle (and fun!) clues that help distinguish female and male birds. We’ll touch on plumage, song, behaviors, and migration timing for some of your Alabama and Eastern favorites. By the end, you’ll have the tools to make observations for a new crowdsourced identification project. Whether you’re a beginner birder, a long-time expert, or just interested in learning something new—this class is for you. See y’all veery soon.

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Tuesday, March 30th, from 5–7 p.m. CDT (6–8 p.m. EDT). It will be a two-hour online class with some time at the end for questions. 

Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $20 covers the two-hour meeting which will be recorded and available to registrants for a week.*

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re not an Alabama Audubon member and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions before the first class (once registration closes). You’ll need the link or webinar ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the webinar without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

About the instructors: Purbita Saha (she/her) is the senior editor at Popular Science magazine and former editor at Audubon magazine. She helped found The Galbatross Project and is also a member of the Bergen County Audubon chapter. Most of her birding adventures/misadventures take place in New Jersey and New York City, but she’s raring for a glimpse of the famous Black Belt wildlife.

(Photo by Camilla Cerea/Audubon)

Martha Harbison (they/them) has spent the last two years talking about how awesome female birds are to anyone who will listen. They are vice president of Feminist Bird Club and a co-founder of The Galbatross Project. They primarily bird in New York and New Jersey, and despite having been birding multiple times in Alabama, they still have never seen a brown-headed nuthatch. Follow #FemaleBirdDay on social media.


I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes.

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here.

Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view them later? We are recording our online courses and offering the recordings to registrants for a week after class night.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online events at this time.