I will be leading "Birding By Ear" this spring for the local Audubon Society - in Sawyer Park, Tuesday mornings 7:30-9:30am: this is FREE for all to attend: I am a volunteer and will be teaching how to identify our local birds by ear (their songs + calls) & sight: Learn to ID what you hear & see as you're hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, camping, dog walking, at home, ...
Active Adventurers are hiking biking skiing climbing in our forests and wildernesses: I feel certain that all of these activities will be richer experiences if Adventurers learn to know what birds are making all their noises! how to identify the raptors soaring over the road on a bike ride, etc; (at some point I think it would be great to have birding bike rides or hikes); and best yet if through appreciation of birds, we care more to conserve our habitats
Tuesdays (now through mid-June)
7:30-9:30am (& you can come late or leave early)
in Sawyer Park, Bend ***** FREE *****
& some Tuesdays other local Master "By Ear" birders will join us too
Please come try it out!
Spring is when males are "singing their hearts out" to Love, and are beautifully plumaged, and migrating - so even rarities come through -
Great time to learn to bird.
Because this is an Audubon scheduled event, I'll probably be able to get a couple pairs of loaner binoculars for every Tuesday:
Otherwise I recommend a pair of Eagle Optic Ranger 8x42 or 10x42 (Eagle Optics has an incredible lifetime guarantee on their binos, even if you run them over: these are waterproof: ~ $300)
(the best binos are Swarovski or Zeiss but those are $1,000 +)
Recommended (highly!) smartphone apps: "iBird Pro" (field guide with songs & calls) & "Larkwire Birdsong Master Birder" (for learning songs) & "Birdlog NA" (for inputting to eBird.org)
Recommended field guides: "Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America" or "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Adventurers: Pets are not permitted. This is a nonsmoking group. When you RSVP for an event, you have agreed to the Release of Liability found on this website under tab Pages.