Virtual Bird Learning Opportunities in January 2022

 

The Irruptive Nature of Owls with Dr. JF Therrien

International Owl Center (MN)
Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 1 PM – 3 PM CST

 FREE

 

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“Now is the perfect time to learn more about the movement ecology of Snowy Owls and other irruptive species. JF will also include some of his recent research into how talon size and shape relate to diet across several owl species.”

 


 

 

Beginner’s Guide to Winter Birding
St. Louis (Missouri) Public Library

Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 11 AM – 12 PM CST

FREE

 

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“Learn about common winter birds in Missouri such as woodpeckers and sparrows, as well as rare winter birds such as the snowy owl, red breasted nuthatch, and pine siskin!

While this is a beginner’s guide to backyard/winter birding in Missouri, everyone is welcome to attend this program, presented by a Missouri Department of Conservation Naturalist.”

 


 

Audubon at Home: Mastering Winter Water Birds (4-Week Course)
Alabama Audubon

 

Monday, January 10, 2022 at 6 PM – 8 PM CST
Monday, January 24, 2022 at 6 PM – 8 PM CST
Monday, January 31, 2022 at 6 PM – 8 PM CST
Monday, February 7, 2022 at 6 PM – 8 PM CST

$40 for 4-week class

 

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“Greg Harber provides a comprehensive look at all the birds you’re likely to encounter on or near Alabama’s winter waterways. Topics include identifying loons, grebes, geese, ducks, and cranes, as well as finding reliable populations of these birds throughout Alabama. One local field trip may be offered as pandemic precautions permit in late January or early February to supplement classroom learning.”

 


 

 

Bird ID Class: The Subtlety of Sparrows
Wild Birds Unlimited (Ventura, CA), Frank the Bird Guy,
and Ventura Audubon Society

Saturday, January 8th, 2022 at 4 PM – 5 PM CST
FREE

 

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“This class will focus on those pesky “little brown birds” that can be found on our feeders and in our yards: Sparrows! Inspired by our visiting Lincoln’s Sparrow, Abe, we have decided to go ahead and talk about sparrow ID! We’ll take a look at some of the many sparrow species that winter in the US and talk about how to tell them apart. It is possible, we promise!”


 


 

 

The Owl and The Woodpecker with Paul Bannick
Event by Paul Bannick Photography, Skagit Audubon Society and North Cascades Institute

Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 at 09:00 PM – 010:15 PM CST

$10

 

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“Join us online as award-winning author and photographer Paul Bannick showcases the natural rhythms of the owl and the woodpecker in their natural habitats in North America. We’re excited to partner with Skagit Audubon Society to welcome back Bannick for a two-part multimedia presentation for only $10!

 

Based on thousands of hours in the field, Paul’s work touches on all 41 North American species of owls and woodpeckers, across 11 key habitats. Paul will combine his breathtaking images, first-hand accounts, video, sound, and science to help inspire conservation and education efforts as well as to help spread awareness about the threats facing these owls and what we can do to protect them. You will also be given a chance to ask Paul all of your burning owl questions after his presentation.”

 


 

 

Winter Birds
 Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 at 5 PM CST

Free

 

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“Join Zach Adams for a fun and informative slideshow and discussion on winter birds of the Berkshires. We will explore what kinds of birds are around, how they survive the cold winters, and even how to feed them. This program is offered in partnership with the Berkshire Anthenaeum and the generous support of the Pittsfield Cultural Council.”

 


 

  

 

Birds & Bytes: Birding with the Elements
Chicago Ornithological Society
Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 6 PM CST

Free

 

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“When you imagine a perfect day of birding, you probably also imagine sunny skies, light winds and just generally the perfect weather. Birding in poor weather often may seem more a circumstance you deal with in your search for birds. But for some forms of bird watching, poor weather conditions are the ideal conditions and, when taken to extremes, can offer great birding rewards.Join experts Ethan Gyllenhaal and Nathan Goldberg for the latest episode of Birds & Bytes where we dive into the world of poor weather birding. From tales of chasing hurricanes to reading wind patterns and fronts, this program will leave you ready to seek avian riders on the storm. “

 



 

Birding by Ear
Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society

Monday, January 17, 2022 at 4PM (CST)

Free

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“You may know some of the common birds, or even know others that aren’t seen as often. But do you know what bird is in the tree if you only hear it? Birding by ear will add to the number of ways you can identify birds.

Laurie Shaffer of Seven Mountains Audubon will show us photographs and give a short description of the bird’s song and/or call before playing the audio.”


 

 

Webinar: Owls of PA

Allegheny Land Trust

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 4 PM – 4:45 PM CST

FREE

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“Join ALT Senior Director of Education and Curriculum Julie for a lesson all about the owls that call Pennsylvania home.”


 

 

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds
Aldo Leopold Audubon Society

Wednesday, January 19th, 2022 at 7 PM CST

FREE

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“Join us as we welcome the national speaker, Scott Weidensaul on a special presentation titled, “The World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds.”

Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his newest book “A World on the Wing,” author and researcher Scott Weidensaul takes you around the globe — with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterannean, where activists and police are battle bird poachers — to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world’s great bird migrations.”

 


 

 

Beginner Bird ID Class – Winter Edition!
Ventura Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited (Ventura, CA)

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022 at 4 PM – 5 PM CST
FREE

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“Is your yard full of little brown birds? Are you wondering where all of the colorful birds have gone? Join us as we talk about the variety of birds that spend the winter in in your area and learn some ID tips for common backyard birds that occur this time of year. We will talk sparrows, finches, woodpeckers, nuthatches, and more!”


 

 

Lunch & Learn Series: Raptor Population Index
Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA)

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 11 AM CST

FREE

 

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“Join us for another in our Lunch & Learn series, this month featuring the Raptor Population Index, RPI. RPI is a collaborative effort to understand and share trends & conservation status of migratory raptors in North America, continent-wide and regionally. The 2019 analysis and what the collaborative group has learned from nearly 9 million raptors counted over 40,000 hours of migration monitoring across 73 sites will be shared.Join Dr. Dave Oleyar, Director of Long-term Monitoring and Community Science at HawkWatch International for an informative look into RPI. Dave is excited to share the most recent findings from this partnership between HMANA, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Birds Canada, and HawkWatch International and where the team is going in the future.”

 


 

 

Birds and Books Educator Workshop
Nebraska Wildlife Education
Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 6PM -8PM CST
FREE

 

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“Nebraska is home to over 450 species of birds. From farm to ranch, small town to large city, birds can be found in nearly every habitat. Birds are easy to see and fun to watch, creating a fantastic opportunity to learn about science. The Birds and Books: Linking Science and Literature, educator workshop will focus on using literature books to teach science concepts to preschool aged children. This FREE workshop will be held virtually on Zoom, Wednesday January 26th from 6-8pm. Participants will receive bird-related and science-focused lesson ideas, bird-related literature books, and two hours of approved in-service.”

 


 

 

Benjamin Van Doren, Ph.D. Migration from a Bird’s Eye View
Saw Mill River Audubon
Thursday, January 27th, 2022 at 6 PM CST

FREE

 

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“Benjamin Van Doren studies global bird migration across scales, from individuals to continents, and his work spans ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation. In this talk, he will explore how migratory birds respond to changing environments—including the influences of light pollution, bird feeding, and warming temperatures. Benjamin began birding as a teen among the Audubon chapters of Westchester County, New York and is currently a post-doctoral associate at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology with a Ph.D. from Oxford University and B.Sc. from Cornell University. Read more about Benjamin’s studies and work at: bvandoren.com”

 


 

 

A Course In Corvids
Treesong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center
Saturday, January 29th, 2022 at 11:00AM – 12:30PM CST

$10-$20 Sliding Scale (Plus Processing Fees)

 

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“Attend this class to learn more about who the corvids are and why they deserve respect. And if you don’t yet know how to tell a crow and a raven apart, this class will set you straight!”

 


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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