June 7-9, 2018
A comprehensive introduction to the world of birds
This course is designed for beginners who want to learn more about birds and take the next step in birding. In this 2-½ day course, participants will take part in classroom presentations, field trips, hands-on demonstrations, and group activities to create a full learning experience.
Knowledgeable birders and biologists will teach you the basics of bird behavior, migration, ecology; and how to identify birds using size, shape, and plumage. They’ll teach you how to find birds, how to listen to birds and identify their songs. You’ll learn how to help birds and protect the places they depend on.
A full catered dinner will be provided on Thursday night. Students should provide their own lunches on Friday. Snacks and drinks will be provided Friday and Saturday.
You will receive details about a simple homework assignment. Please have the homework project finished and completed before the start of the course. The homework is required as it provides a foundation for group discussions during the class. Be prepared to share what you have learned.
Keynote speaker Bill Volkert will present “Wisconsin Waterfowl: Identification, Ecology, and Behavior”. Bill worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin DNR at Horicon Marsh, one of the most extensive freshwater marshes in the United States that boasts the largest nesting population of redhead ducks east of the Mississippi. Drawing on his experience from Horicon Marsh, Bill will use real specimens of mounted waterfowl to compare field marks, size, and shape of different species. While doing so, he will share background about waterfowl migration, foraging, nesting, and conservation.