Become a Better Birder
Expert birders identify most birds in any habitat using song identification. Some birds can only be safely identified by voice. You can learn to identify bird songs too!
Set 1. Coniferous Forest Birds
Online Workshop: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Sun. May 9, 2021
Outdoor Workshop – President Murray Park: 7:00 am – 8:00 am Tue. May 11, 2021
Target Species: Merlin; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-capped Chickadee, White-winged and Red Crossbills; Dark-eyed Junco; Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Set 2. Marsh Birds
Online Workshop: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Sat. May 15, 2021
Outdoor Workshop – Donna Birkmeier Park: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Mon. May 17, 2021
Target Species: Pied-billed, Horned, Red-necked and Eared Grebes; American Coot; Killdeer; Willet; Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs; Bonaparte’s, Franklin’s and Ring-billed Gulls; Black, Common and Forster’s Terns; Purple Martin; Tree and Barn Swallows; Song Sparrow; Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds; Common Yellowthroat.
Set 3. Thrushes, Woodpeckers and Sparrows
Online Workshop: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Sun. May 16, 2021
Outdoor Workshop – Chief Whitecap Park: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Tue. May 18, 2021
Target Species: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers; Eastern and Western Kingbirds; Blue-headed Vireo; Veery; Gray-cheeked, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes; American Robin; Sprague’s Pipit; Purple Finch; White-crowned, Harris’s, White-throated, Vesper, LeConte’s, Savannah and Lincoln’s Sparrows; Spotted Towhee; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Orange-crowned Warbler.
Set 4. Elm Forest and Riverbank Songbirds
Online Workshop: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Mon. May 24, 2021
Outdoor Workshop – Temperance to Cosmopolitan Park: 7:00 am – 8:00 am Tue. May 25, 2021
Target Species: Least and Alder Flycatchers; Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos; White-breasted Nuthatch; House Wren; Gray Catbird; Brown Thrasher; Cedar Waxwing; House Finch; American Goldfinch; Chipping Sparrow; Baltimore Oriole; Ovenbird; Tennessee, Yellow, Black-and-white and Blackpoll Warblers; American Redstart.
Both my mom and I really enjoyed the workshop series. It’s the first time either of us has felt like we could fit birds and their songs into a framework to remember rather than placing it in a jumbled, confusing heap of facts that slip away almost immediately. You made it very accessible! (E.M. Saskatoon May 2021)