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Course: Winter Songbirds and Raptors


Golden-crowned kinglet

January 8 , 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Our courses usually fill several days before they begin—don’t miss your chance to study with Audubon!

There’s no better time to enjoy birding than in the winter. With the leaves off so many of the trees and shrubs, the birds are more easily observed than in the warmer months, and they are often in close proximity as they forage for food or come to feeder stations. Add to that the fact that our permanent residents are joined by multitudes of northern breeders who come south for our milder winters and more abundant food resources, and you have a recipe for consistently productive and enjoyable birding.

This class will explore the many species of songbirds and birds of prey that are present in our colder months. We’ll talk about identification, life histories, population trends, and much more. Expect weekly classroom lectures and multiple field trips. Winter birds make a wonderful entry point for “newbies” to take up the pursuit; while a deep dive into our wintering species can offer a challenge to the most accomplished birders among us. There’s always a place for you and your level of ability and interest at Audubon.

Textbook: The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will serve as the text for this course; while we encourage students to bring their own, more than enough copies are available for use here in the office.

Where and when do we meet? The course meets on six consecutive Wednesdays (1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12), 6–8 p.m., at the Alabama Audubon main office in Birmingham, located on the second floor of 3720 Fourth Avenue South. (Ample and well-lit parking is available in back, just behind Rodney Scott’s BBQ.)

Cost: Your one-time registration fee ($75/members; $100/non-members) covers all six meetings. (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.)

Registration: Class size is limited to fifteen, so don’t delay! 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.

Accessibility: Wheelchair access and limited parking is available in the front of the building on Fourth Avenue South. If parking in the back parking lot, there are stairs to get into the building.

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director, or call 205-719-3678.

Please, no pets in the classroom. Only service animals are welcome.