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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Gulls

February 8 , 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Ring-billed Gull by Drew Haffenden

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST on Monday, February 6th.

Gulls are, along with small shorebirds, one of the most confusing groups for many birders, especially those starting out in birding generally, or starting to tackle these more difficult groups. This one session course is designed to introduce you to gulls, and how to identify them along the same lines as the approach taken in previous classes with shorebirds and terns. We will be looking at the gulls likely to be seen in Alabama in Winter and Spring. Although we’ll be concentrating on our usual suspects, we’ll also include less common and rarer gulls that are regularly seen in the state.

This course is meant to be both beginner-friendly as well as informative for more advanced birders.

Class 1: Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 pm –7:00 pm
Class 2: Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Course fee is $20

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on two days (2/8 and 2/15), from 6–7 p.m. CST. It will be a one-hour online class with some time at the end for questions. 

Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $20 covers both meetings.

While you are not required to attend each class, please note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance. We will be recording the webinar and making it available to participants for a week after the class if you find that you are unable to attend one of the meeting dates. 

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system 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 and any downloadable materials before the first class. 

Questions: Email Allison Abney, Alabama Audubon Outreach & Communications Director at allison@alaudubon.org.

About the instructor: Andrew “Drew” Haffenden moved to Dauphin Island in 2012 from Birmingham. In an earlier life, in Australia, he was a wildlife researcher, but for the last 35 years, he was primarily involved with nature travel. Walking out on the beach one day in mid-July 2012, he noticed a snowy plover with colored leg bands, and a few days later a banded piping plover. That began an interest in shorebirds which continues to this day, learning the different species and their behaviors through time in the field. Over the years, this has led to 558 resight records of piping plovers and 540 resight records of snowy plovers, plus a sundry of other species ranging from sandpipers to terns.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. This same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable and inclusive opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes everyong to participate in our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events welcome, inclusive, and accessible to all.