Upcoming Adult Workshops

 

Unless otherwise noted, workshops take place at the Atlanta Audubon Society office* at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342.  All workshops require advance online registration and payment. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis; your payment confirms your reservation. Please contact Melanie Furr, Education Director, at melanie@atlantaaudubon.org or (678) 973-2437 with any questions.

 

*Please note that regrettably our upstairs office is located in an older building that currently is not ADA compliant. We are taking steps to add an accessible entrance and expect to have it completed in 2018. 


  

Guided Trip to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

January 12 to 15, 2018

 

This trip is currently full and there is a waiting list If you wish to be on the waiting list, please complete the registration process. We will contact you for payment if a spot becomes available.

 

Join Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon Conservation Director, for an incredible weekend of birding at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, Florida. The second largest refuge in Florida, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge has the distinction of being the home of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the wildlife refuge, and the Canaveral National Seashore. Offering varied birding opportunities, the refuge has recorded more than 310 species of birds. The field trips around the refuge will concentrate on wintering waterfowl and wading birds. There will be opportunities to view other species, such as rails, scrub jays, and other wildlife. The refuge consists of 140,000 acres of salt marsh, freshwater impoundments, brackish estuaries, hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, and scrub. It and its surrounding waters offer a sanctuary for an abundance of plants and animals from both temperate and tropical climate zones. It also supports more threatened and endangered animals (21 species) than any other single refuge in the continental U.S., including the Florida manatee, Wood Stork, gopher tortoise, and eastern indigo snake. Combined with the Canaveral National Seashore, the refuge supports the world’s largest population of Florida scrub jays.

 

A pre-trip orientation meeting and short workshop will be held prior to the trip on Thursday, January 4, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. To give participants the best experience, this trip is limited to 12 people.

 

Guests are responsible for their own food, travel, and lodging charges. Atlanta Audubon will reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for those who are interested in reserving a room at a group rate. 

 

Click here to register 

 

Cost:

$250 for Atlanta Audubon members

$225 for Master Birders in good standing (current on membership and volunteer hours)

$285 for non-members (includes one-year membership in Atlanta Audubon)

 

For more information contact Adam Betuel at adam@atlantaaudubon.org of 678.973.2437.


 

Becoming A Better Birder

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Atlanta Audubon Society, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342

 

Join Georgann Schmalz for a 2-hour workshop to improve your skills and increase your enjoyment of birding. This class is a must for any new birder who feels somewhat overwhelmed by the skills of more advanced birders. Time will be spent learning good techniques of birding in the field and choosing good optics, books, and sound devices. Not only will participants develop key identification skills under Georgann’s expert guidance, they will also experience the satisfaction that better birding can yield. Georgann holds a master’s degree in ornithology, taught at Fernbank Science Center for 29 years, and is three-time past president of Atlanta Audubon. She is a wealth of information and entertainment!

 

Cost:

$35 for Atlanta Audubon Members

$45 for non-members

 

Click here to register. 

 


 

Birding By Ear

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

1:00 to 3:00 PM

Atlanta Audubon Society Office, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342

 

This fun two hour program with ornithologist Georgann Schmalz is for anyone who is interested in learning to identify birds by songs and call notes. Participants will learn the characteristics of bird songs and techniques of birding by ear. Information will include examples of components of bird songs such as tempo, rhythm, pitch, and quality. Handouts will include a list of mnemonics and phonetics for use in the field. We will not play dozens of songs and show dozens of bird photos. Instead, the course emphasizes how to listen and what to listen for so that even new songs from birds you have not encountered before can be learned and memorized. 

 

Cost:

$35 for Atlanta Audubon Society Members

$45 for non-members

 

Click here to register