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Take a Look at Siskiyou Field Institute's 2012 Birding Classes!

Siskiyou Field institute has got a great selection of birding classes lined up for our 2012 field season! Our birding season kicks off on April 28th with Gary Bloomfield’s Shorebirds of the Klamath Coast, and continues through to September 15th with Dr. Stewart Janes’s Birding at Sea. For more information about any of these classes, please email us at institute@thesfi.org or give us a call at (541) 597-8530.

Shorebirds of the Klamath Coast with Gary Bloomfield - April 28th, Crescent City, CA:
This course begins with a field trip that visits Crescent City Harbor, moves along the rocky coast at low tide towards Point St. George, and finishes up at Lake Tolowa. We’ll seek out migrating and resident shorebirds: Black Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Wimbrel, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, and more. After the field portion of the class, there will be a multimedia presentation focusing on the identification and biology of the shorebirds of the Klamath coast. Tuition is $50, and advanced registration is required.   
 
Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Redwood Coast with Keith Bensen – May 5th, near Crescent City, CA:  The central portion of Redwood National and State Parks’ Coastal Trail runs along a spectacular unroaded section of California’s north coast. This field-based class follows the Coastal Trail; observing the state’s fourth largest seabird colony, watching foraging seabirds and migrating gray whales, and visiting a rookery for the threatened Steller’s sea lion and the mouth of the Klamath River, where three other species of pinniped often feed. While we hike, we’ll discuss how and why this portion of the ocean is so productive. Tuition is $50, and advanced registration is required.   
 
Intermediate/Advanced Birding with Shawneen Finnegan and David Irons – June 9th and 10th, Deer Creek Center, Selma, OR: This class, with nationally renowned birders Finnegan and Irons, teaches the finer points of bird identification, with special emphasis on those birds and groups of birds that present ID challenges in the field: flycatchers, warblers, sparrows, raptors, etc. We’ll spend time discussing the life histories, plumage and molts, habitat preferences, and species distribution of the birds we encounter during this two-day class. Recommended for anyone looking to sharpen their birding skills! Onsite camping and hostel-style lodging is available at a discounted rate for class participants. Tuition is $125, and advanced registration is required.
 
Bird Taxonomy and Diversity with Pepper Trail, PhD – June 23 and 24, Ashland and Klamath County, OR - Hone your bird identification skills and explore the relationships among groups of birds in this lab and field course. On Saturday, join Pepper Trail, Ph.D., for a day in the lab at SOU. where you’ll refresh your taxonomic know-how, look at identifying characteristics, and discuss their ecological significance. On Sunday, the class will travel to the Klamath Basin, one of the richest birding sites in Oregon, to practice identifying species in the field. Tuition is $100, and advanced registration is required.
 
Birding at Sea with Stewart Janes, PhD – September 15, Brookings, OR: Take to the open ocean in a charter boat to watch albatross, auklets, jaegers and other bird species who live most of their lives away from land. September is prime time to see these birds fishing off the northwest coast before they migrate to places like Chile and Australia for their breeding season. You may even be able to catch a bonus glimpse of whales or other marine creatures while taking in the view on this pelagic birding trip. Tuition, which includes the cost of boat rental, is $140 and advanced registration is required.





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