Birding Skills Workshop

Course Title : Birding Skills Workshop

Course # 18W09

 Dates : May 21, 22, 23, 2018

 Time : 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 Location : Mercer, WI Library, 2648 Margaret St.; meet in the conference room

Fee: $45, Early Bird (no pun intended) discount $40 with payment by May 7

Class Size Limit:   Class is full no more enrollments will be taken.

 Objectives: Mid-to-late May marks the return of nearly all of our neotropical songbirds from their wintering grounds in Central and South America. They come back in full voice and brilliant color ready to establish new territories and successfully breed. In this 3-day class, we’ll take our time to learn how to identify birds by sight, by ear, by habitat, and by behaviors. This class is for beginning birders to moderately experienced birders, so if you’re new to birding, you should fit in fine.

Course structure: We’ll be in the field every morning slowly hiking sites that will give us the best chance of finding a good diversity of birds and to give everyone the necessary time to get comfortable with their ID skills. We’ll also have a bird-banding demonstration by master bird-bander Bruce Bacon.


If students have binoculars and a basic field guide, they should bring them. Field guides and apps will be discussed in class, so if students do not already have a guide they may want to wait before buying one. Field trips will involve easy to moderate walking and standing. Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.


Joan Elias has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science. She has conducted bird surveys for several agencies and the Bad River Tribe and has participated in research on bird-habitat preferences.

John Bates has worked as a naturalist in northern Wisconsin for 29 years, and has a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science.