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

Dec 06

MDAS Field Trip—American Canyon Wetlands

DECEMBER 6 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

American Canyon Wetlands Monday, December 6, 9 AM-Noon Leaders: Chris & Teri Wills, 925-408-5364 A walk out to the wetlands, ponds and sloughs along the Napa River produces many exciting birding opportunities. We expect plenty of waterfowl, raptors, waders, shorebirds and passerines. The parking lot porta-potty was removed in July and may or may not […]

Dec 09

Soundscapes to Landscapes – Audio Bird Monitoring

DECEMBER 9 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The earth’s biodiversity and associated ecosystem services are in a severe state of decline due to human pressure. However, our knowledge of these changes and impacts on human society is often incomplete. Join us to learn how Soundscapes to Landscapes is using a combination of multiple technologies and the power of citizen/community scientists to fill […]

Dec 15

2021 East County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 15

Hold the date for the 20th annual East Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count!  Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count circle, contact one of […]

Dec 18

2021 Central County Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 18

Hold the date for the Central Contra Costa County Christmas Bird Count, a tradition going back to 1955! Species and total numbers of birds within this count circle will be censused.  To participate in field trips led by experienced birders on this special occasion, or to tally birds at your yard/feeder if you live within the count […]