Birding for Beginners Fall 2023

09/14/2023 06:30 PM - 10/22/2023 10:00 AM PT


Workshops and Courses


  • $150.00



Five weeks of instruction and field trips to help you learn what birding is all about!


Registration opens Sept 1 at 9:00 am Pacific Time!

Nurture your love and knowledge of birds with a beginner’s birding class designed to connect you with the birding community and improve your skills in bird identification. We will spend quality time observing and discussing birds and their behavior, to build your understanding of the sights, sounds, behaviors, and natural history of a selection of our feathered friends.

This is a five-week class which will be divided into two sections: online on Thursday evenings and in-person field trips on Sundays. 

Each online class will include lectures and discussions about how to be a birder. We’ll talk about why we bird, and we'll get into the tools and skills birders use to collect observations. We’ll talk about the places we’ll go, the species we’ll see, and why birds want to be there. Each participant will receive an optional “ID assignment” to perform in the field. In field trips, we’ll employ all of our senses to experience and record the birds in our midst. In the end, you'll have about 100 new birds in your brain.

We hope that in this class you’ll connect with nature and birds, with yourself, and with other birders. We welcome a diverse learning community. Let us know if you have access challenges and need assistance.

Binoculars are a must. We will have loaner pairs from GoSky for you to use during the class. You should definitely have a notebook and a smartphone if you use one. Carpooling will be encouraged, especially when the trips are not bike/transit-friendly.

Recording of each Zoom session will be available to class participants for a limited period of time.

Schedule of the Thursday Zoom Sessions:

Sept 14, 2023 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Sept 21, 2023 6:30-8:00 pm
Sept 28, 2023 6:30-8:00 pm
Oct 5, 2023 6:30-8:00 pm
Oct 12, 2023 6:30-8:00 pm
Oct 19, 2023 6:30-8:00 pm

Schedule of the Field Trip Sessions:

Sept 24, 2023 8-10 am
Oct 1, 2023  8-10 am
Oct 8, 2023 8-10 am
Oct 15, 2023 8-10 am
Oct 22, 2023, 8-10 am

Limited to 20 participants.

To attend the entire course: $150 per person

Questions can be sent to the course facilitator, Jen Hajj, at

Registration opens on Sept1st, 2023.