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The Joy of Birds and Birdwatching

Instructor: Mike Walker  


Classes: April 5, 12, & 19 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Location: Tacoma Nature Center

Field Trips: April 8 and 15 8AM to 11AM

Cost: $100 for TAS Members or $125 for Non-Members

Do you want to know more about the birds around you? Do you want to explore the pastime of birdwatching?

Join Mike Walker, a retired wildlife biologist, bird researcher and certificated teacher, on an exploration of the fascinating world of birds and the fun of getting to know them. This three evening class starts with a quick overview of birds on a global scale, we then focus down to the birds found closer to home here in Washington. The class will cover the basics of bird identification and bird finding, some bird biology, and a bit of history! The class also includes two Saturday morning field trips, one at Titlow Beach and Park and one at Fort Steilacoom Park.

If participants have binoculars, they should bring them to class the first night. A limited number of loaner binoculars will be available for those that do not have their own.

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On Seeing Nature: Spring Session

Instructors: Anna Thurston, Scott Saunders, Carrie Alyson

Class time: Sunday April 30th, 10AM to 3PM

Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park

Cost: $60 Members, $80 Non-Members

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Join us for the Spring installment of On Seeing Nature, the second in a four part series of indoor/outdoor events that endeavor to build participants’ knowledge about birds and plants while enhancing observational and drawing skills. 

You’ll spend half of your time outdoors with award-winning naturalist and landscape designer, Anna Thurston, as you tour park trails with Tahoma Audubon’s expert birder, Scott Saunders. Tahoma Audubon provides both binocular and art kits for attendees so that everyone can learn about and develop an artist’s eye for birds, native plant species and local habitats.

The other half of your time will be spent in the classroom with independent multimedia artist Carrie Alyson, who will guide you through mindful art exercises and practices for observing and capturing fast, accurate drawings in the field. 

Instructors aim for attendees to come away with knowledge of common and migrating backyard birds, and an with an appreciation for each bird’s need for native and other plantings among other landscape features. 

Deadline for enrollment is midnight on Friday, April 28th, 2023. Children between the ages of 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 12 attendees for each indoor/outdoor session, so register today!

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