10 virtual bird learning opportunities in December

Learn more about birds this month, by joining these free or low-cost sessions offered online from different areas in the U.S.

Please note: On this list, the class times have been converted to CST time for you!  We are not affiliated with any of the organizations on this list and do not assist with registration.





Snow Geese: the facts behind the winter spectacle of our Western Arctic population with Martha Jordan

Wednesday, December 8 2021, 9:00PM-10:30PM (CST)
Seattle Audubon Society
Tickets $15 with sliding scale

 

Learn about migration routes, where all these snow geese winter, how many are there, and the conflicts between humans and these geese and how these geese impact other waterfowl/waterbird species.”

 

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Seeds of Potential: Art Reimagines How Birds and Buildings Collide

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 4:00–5:00 PM (CST)
Smithsonian Natural Museum
Free

 

“When birds and buildings collide, artist Andrew S. Yang reimagines what is lost and what could be. His project Flying Gardens of Maybe features makeshift gardens planted with seeds from the bellies of birds collected from building strikes.”

 

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Habitats of CT Webinar – Grasslands and Shrublands

 

CT Audubon

Wednesday, December 8 2021, at 5PM (CST)

$15 each non-members

 

“Connecticut has a wide array of habitats, from large upland forests to coastal salt marshes, despite being the third smallest state! Each of these habitats has a unique set of conditions, and as a result, a unique diversity of bird species. In this three-part webinar series teacher – naturalist Joe Attwater will go through each of these habitats and the birds that can live there.

 

-Habitats of Connecticut and what defines them

-Adaptations birds need for each habitat

-Birds that can be found in each habitat and tips on how to spot them”

 

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Motus: Tracking Bird Migration with New Technology

Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory  (Wisconsin)
Thursday, December 9th 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (CST)
Free
 
“Join Missouri State Ornithologist Sarah Kendrick online December 9 at 4 PM as she shares details on tracking birds throughout the hemisphere using new technologies and the Motus Wildlife Tracking System. Learn more about these technologies, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, bird migration, and how you can help in this effort and be part of this exciting field of study.”
 

 
Built for It: Missouri’s Woodpeckers – Virtual Program
 
Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO
Friday, December 10th 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am (CST)
Free
 
“Hosted by the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City, but anyone can join from anywhere! Registration required (ages 8+) No other birds can do exactly what they can! Join Paige with the Missouri River Bird Observatory to learn how woodpeckers are built for excavating cavities. You won’t want to miss out on these amazing adaptations. We will also discuss how to identify the different species of woodpeckers in Missouri and where you can find them.”
 


Conservation: Bird-Safe Legislation From Local To Federal Levels
 
Denver Audubon
Tuesday, December 14th 2021, 6:00PM – 7:00PM (CST)
Free

“Collisions with glass are estimated to kill up to 1 billion birds per year in United States. Design features of glass can make it visible to birds, reducing the risks to birds dramatically. A number of municipalities have enacted measures that recommend or mandate bird-safe design, and there is federal legislation that has been proposed as well. This talk will explore the features that make buildings more visible to birds and examples of successful legislation to address this important issue, including ways the attendees can help.

Presented by National Audubon experts Connie Sanchez, Program Manager for Bird-friendly Buildings, and John Rowden, Senior Director for Bird-Friendly Communities. Note that this webinar is not suitable for children.”

 

 
The Winter Finch Forecast with Tyler Hoar – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series
 
Finch Research Network
Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 at 5:00PM to 6:00PM (CST)
Free
 
“This presentation dives into the art and science of the Winter Finch Forecast. Tyler will provide an overview of each winter finch species, their current movements, and where we’ll expect them to show up in the Northeast this season. From crossbills to grosbeaks and siskins to redpolls, the nomadic movements of winter finches depend on the interplay of weather, cone production, insect distributions, logging regimes, and more. This talk will also share a brief history of the Winter Finch Forecast, how it’s compiled, and its goals going forward.”
 
 
Motus GPCD Network Webinar
 
Bird Conservancy of The Rockies
Thursday, December 16th from 12PM – 1PM (CST)
 $3
 
“The Motus Wildlife Tracking system (Motus) is a network of automated radio telemetry stations that offers an effective method to explore migratory bird movement. Join Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Avian Ecologist Matt Webb to learn more how Bird Conservancy is creating a network of Motus stations across the Great Plains and Chihuahuan Desert. These stations will then allow us to track these birds over time to create a new understanding of how grassland birds move throughout their life cycle.”
 
 
Swans of Winter with Martha Jordan

 

Seattle Audubon Society
Thursday, December 16 2021 from 9:00PM-10:30PM (CST)
Tickets $15 with sliding scale

“”Martha Jordan, well-known swan biologist, will present a program on Washington’s native Trumpeter and Tundra swans. You will learn about their life history, biology. The latest updated information on eastern Washington swans and how Washington’s west and east sides are connected for swans not only in WA but along the entire flyway. Martha will shed some light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to insure their future. Get updated on the swan lead poisoning problem, habitat issues and more.  Swan identification tips will be shared through photos that help clarify the challenges of identification of Trumpeter and Tundra swans.”
Learning Florida Coastal Birds 

Weedon Island Preserve
Saturday, December 18 2021 from 9:00AM (CST)
Free

“Learn what birds are typically found in Florida’s coastal habitats, how are they adapted to live here and if that may give them a unique survival advantage. Join us for a talk with wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy as she guides you through the wonderful birds found in these salty Florida aquatic ecosystems.”


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