Introduction to Birds of the Sacramento Region
October 15 - November 1, 2014
Over 300 species of birds are found in the Sacramento region’s wetlands, riparian forests, grasslands, oak woodlands, and chaparral. Over the course of three evening classes and three Saturday field trips, this class will introduce you to all of the commonly encountered birds, with a special emphasis on those that are challenging to identify.
Wednesday Classes: October 15, 22, and 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Saturday Field trips: October 18, 25, and November 1, starting at 8:00 AM and running 4 – 6 hours.
We expect to observe and become familiar with over 100 species during the field trips. Additional emphasis will be given to migration and seasonality, vocalizations, behavior, how and where to look for birds in the Sacramento area, birds in relation to their habitat, and conservation. Other topics will include optics, recording and documenting your observations, and resources for improving birding skills.
Classes will be held at the Splash Education Center at 4426 Excelsior Road, Mather, CA 95655. Field trips will involve one to three miles of walking, mostly over easy terrain to sites including Mather Lake, the American River Parkway, Folsom Lake, and the Cosumnes River Preserve. The field trips are optional but highly recommended. There is no charge for the field trips but you must be enrolled in the class to attend. Some sites require a vehicle entrance fee.
Recommended field guides: The Sibley Guide to Birds or The Sibley Guide to Birds of Western North America, and/or The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Necessary equipment: Binoculars (more on this during the first class.)