2014 Master Birder Class
Golden Gate Audubon Society and California Academy of Sciences are offering a year-long Master Birder class, starting on Wednesday February 5. The goals are to help 20 ambitious students enhance their birding and conservation skills, and to develop 20 new active volunteers for GGAS, the Academy, or other Bay Area institutions.
The Master Birding Program is an advanced class that includes 11 class sessions and 11 field trips throughout 2014. Most classes will take place at the Academy of Sciences to take advantage of the Academy’s collections and facilities.
Field trips will be designed to reinforce class subject matter. Prior to taking the course, prospective students are expected to be able to identify California birds at an “intermediate level” (100 species by sight, and 25 species by sound). To successfully complete the program, students must commit to volunteer at least 100 hours to any MB participating organization (GGAS, the Academy, and other Bay Area birding or conservation organizations to be specified later) over a two-year period, and participate in at least 70 percent of the classes and field trips.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate will have developed a field notebook documenting sightings of over 200 bird species, will know how to identify the more difficult bird species and will have an understanding of habitats and bird communities, bird physiology, behavior and taxonomy. S/he will have participated in over 20 organized field trips, developed a backyard (local patch) list, and will have made a 10-minute presentation to the class on an avian topic. Other details of the course will be presented to interested candidates.
Instructors are Jack Dumbacher, Eddie Bartley and Bob Lewis. The class will start Wednesday February 5th, 2014, and will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 9 PM. The class will finish in December 2014. Field trips will be on one weekend day following the class.
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