____________SPRING BIRDSONG WORKSHOP ___ April - May 2018__________________
_______________ at Radnor Lake State Natural Area, Nashville TN
.. CLASS WAS WELL-ATTENDED AND SUCCESSFUL! ** SEE SPRING BIRD CLASS 2019 **
... SPRING BIRDSONG WORKSHOP. First meeting: April 10, 2018
... Beginners are welcome, but this class is designed for those who have had a beginning class, or already have some basic knowledge of our birds. Emphasis will be on bird identification by song, "birding by ear", as well as by sight. Participants will be trained for finding and identifying birds by song, especially those colorful songsters the wood warblers, some of whom are seasonal migrants and only stay for a brief visit. Radnor Lake is the perfect place to find and study songbirds, and we will take advantage of this with instructor-led bird walks specifically for this class.
... Class dates: TUESDAY mornings April 10, 17, 24, & May 1, 8, & 15
... The first class meets Tuesday April 10 at 10AM – 12:00 noon, in the visitor center meeting room, Radnor Lake State Natural Area, 1160 Otter Creek Rd., Nashville.
...Subsequent Tuesdays starting April 17, begin at 7:30 AM for the BIRD WALK BEFORE CLASS.
... There is a $75 fee for the class, with half the fee going to Friends of Radnor Lake S.N.A. Class size limited to 20 participants.
... Students will also be encouraged to participate in separately sponsored local bird outings such as the Tennessee Ornithological Society Nashville Chapter (NTOS) Wednesday morning walks at Radnor Lake, bird walks at Warner Parks, and outings sponsored by NTOS and Audubon, etc.
... Class taught by Richard Connors, local birder and photographer, with 30 years birding experience, past president of Tennessee Ornithological Society, and board member of Cumberland Harpeth Audubon Society.
... ***CONTACT RICHARD TO REGISTER for the class: email Rconnorsphoto at aol.com, call 615 832-0521 or text 615 330-7142
... Classes open to all ages, with youth scholarships available thru Audubon CHAS and NTOS (youths under 15 years of age must be accompanied by an adult unless approved in advance). Please bring a check (or cash) to the first class, to be made out to me, and I will forward a portion to Friends of Radnor Lake
... WHAT TO BRING to first class: Your favorite field guide(s) & binoculars, if you have them. Birding apps for smart phones will be discussed.
.. BINOCULARS are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for successful birding experience; we will cover the topic of use and selection of binoculars, the essential tool for birding.
.. FIELD GUIDE recommendations: Sibley (the big one), Peterson (Eastern) or Nat. Geographic.
.. The SIBLEY Guide to Birds (National Audubon Society) by David Allen Sibley, Kobpf Pub. (2nd edition). there is also a Sibley Eastern Guide
.. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America (6th Ed.) by Roger Tory Peterson.
.. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America (6th Ed.) There is also an Eastern edition. There are others equally as good which would substitute.
.. Various Apps for mobile devices will be covered in class
....P.S - (A Tuesday evening class is offered by Lantz at Cohn Ed Cntr. see here: https://nce.asapconnected.com/CourseDetail.aspx?CourseId=133518 )
.. The Wood Thrush Shop, 6029 Hwy 100 in west Nashville, is a good place to go for all bird related items, including birding field guides. (615) 356-7640