Witness one of the great natural events of the fall in Washington with an expert as your guide in a class to be offered in September by Eastside Audubon.
Late summer and early fall are when thousands of shorebirds visit the Washington coast on their migration from the Arctic to their wintering grounds. Young birds hatched just weeks ago join the southbound journey for the first time, making the fall migration an even more diverse and complex spectacle than the one in spring.
Eastside Audubon’s Fall Shorebirds class will give you pointers to help you spot the many different species and their young, and will take you on a day trip to Grays Harbor to find them.
Instruction begins with an evening session in Kirkland on Thursday, September 13. Professional photographer Tim Boyer will use his own work to teach the differences between species, between males and females, and between young shorebirds and adults.
Then, on Saturday, September 15, the class will take a trip to the coast for a first-hand look at the behaviors that differentiate shorebirds and make them so much fun to watch.
You’ll enjoy the class whether you’re just getting interested in birds or have lots of birding experience. It complements the Eastside Audubon Spring Shorebirds class, but neither is a pre-requisite for the other. You needn’t be an Eastside Audubon member to register.
Tim Boyer is a professional photographer who is working on a book about shorebirds. His work can be seen at www.timboyerphotography.com.
Class on September 13 is 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland. The September 15 field trip will be arranged in class.
Fees are $60 for Eastside Audubon members, $80 for non-members. Carpool cost for the coast field trip is additional. (Evening sessions only: $35 for members, $55 for non-members.)
Details are online at the Eastside Audubon website: www.eastsideaudubon.org.
Class size is limited, and early registration is advised. Registration is open now at Eastside Audubon: firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-576-8805.
About Eastside Audubon
Eastside Audubon is the National Audubon Society chapter active in Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, and unincorporated East King County.
Eastside Audubon works to protect, preserve, and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. We welcome new and experienced birders on our birding walks and field trips and in our birding classes. Visit www.eastsideaudubon.org.