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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Spring Shorebirds

February 13 , 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Marbled Godwit by Drew Haffenden

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

Spring is just around the corner, and for birders that means migration will soon be under way. This two-part course is designed to bring birders either up to speed, or to refresh their dusty memories from a year ago, in identifying migrating shorebirds. Many of us are used to seeing breeding-plumaged birds for a few weeks each year only, but shorebird migration is a protracted event, starting in late February/early March and continuing until early June. We will be especially looking at features that separate different species rather than the overall features of each species, and include both full and partial breeding plumage for most species we see both during migration. Join Drew Haffenden for this exciting course—and be prepared for that trip to the coast or other shorebird area this Spring!

Class 1: Monday, February 13, 6:00 pm –7:00 pm
Class 2: Sunday, February 19, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Course fee is $20

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

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on two days (2/13 and 2/19), 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.