Education Resources

Learn about local and area classes and activities that may be of interest to members. In addition, find links here to online classes and other educational resources related to birding.

Local and Area Classes and Activities

The Education Committee maintains a list of local and area classes and activities of special interest to members of our chapter. Links to other organizations are also provided below for information about classes they may offer:

View past  presentations on birds from local Birding Expert and International Tour Guide Alvaro Jamarillo in this series of Webinars presented by the Coastside Land Trust.

Interested in Bird Photography? Join the Fremont Birding Circle on Facebook to learn about monthly walks led by local photographer and birding expert, Jerry Ting, and enjoy bird photography posts by members.

Mono Lake Field Seminars: 38 classes including birds and photography at www.monolake.org

Sterling Wildlife Biology: Gulls, raptors, shorebirds, and more at www.sterlingbirds.com

Golden Gate Audubon: offers classes for all levels of birding skills for members and non-members at https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/classes/.

Ohlone Audubon Society: maintains a list of local classes at http://www.ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/education/bird-watching-classes

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute: offers over 140 outdoor education classes per year that foster the enjoyment of the Point Reyes National Seashore, see  http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/prnsa-field-institute.

Daniel Edelstein: teaches classes which can be found on his Merritt College blog and on his website at WarblerWatch.com.

John Muir Laws: illustrator and artist, naturalist and author, offers classes through his website, JohnMuirLaws.com.

Denise Wight: offers birding classes at http://www.denisewightbirds.com/

Online Education

The Education Committee provides links to online classes and educational resources for teachers:

Audubon Adventures offers a variety of programs for teachers at http://www.audubon.org/conservation/audubon-adventures.

Birds of North America is a subscription website maintained by Cornell Lab of Ornithology that has a wealth of information on birds. You can access them at https://birdsna.org/. This is not a set of classes, but detailed information to assist your learning about individual bird species

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has over 200 online courses available. Some require a fee, but many are free. You can explore them at https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/course-list/.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also has their Bird Sleuth programs for teachers. Find out more at http://www.birdsleuth.org/

Upcoming Events

Jun 04

MDAS Field Trip — Outer Point Reyes

JUNE 4 @ 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Outer Point Reyes Saturday, June 4, 8:30 AM to 3 PM Leaders:  Hugh Harvey and Beth Branthaver This is a trip to see some spring birds, and visit some of the migrant traps.  We will stop at the lighthouse overlook and spend some time above the fish docks.  Bring water and lunch. Rating: Category 1 — […]

Jun 11

MDAS Field Trip — Yuba Pass (2-day outing)

JUNE 11 @ 7:00 AM - JUNE 12 @ 1:00 PM

Yuba Pass Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, 7 AM Saturday to 1 PM Sunday Leaders: Hugh and Rosita Harvey This is always a productive and well-favored weekend trip to the northern Sierra which requires driving and walking, some of it over rough terrain. Saturday we will bird in the Sierra Valley for basin birds.  Sunday we will […]

Aug 20

MDAS Field Trip — Bodega Bay

AUGUST 20 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bodega Bay Saturday, August 20, 9 AM to 3 PM Leader:  Hugh Harvey, 925-935-2979 The last trip of our field trip calendar, but sometimes considered the first trip for fall birding.  At Bodega Bay are flocks of shorebirds including Black Oystercatcher, Wandering Tattler, Marbled Godwit, as well as tern, gulls, cormorants, near-shore pelagics and more.  […]

Oct 08

MDAS/SMD Field Trip—Curry Canyon

OCTOBER 8 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mount Diablo Audubon Society and Save Mount Diablo are partnering up for a hike on Save Mount Diablo’s gorgeous Curry Canyon Ranch. This portion of Curry Canyon Ranch showcases beautiful rangeland ecosystems and valley oak and riparian habitat. We’ll be looking for fall migrants, arriving wintering birds, and raptors. You might even see a golden […]