In this six-part seminar with Jason Ward, we'll learn the intricacies of bird identification in the midst of fall migration.
Join Jason Ward—birder, science communicator, and host of Birds of North America—for a crash course in spotting and identifying the feathered aves flying overhead and perched around your neighborhood. Over the course of six weeks, we’ll learn the basics of bird anatomy and terminology before diving into in-depth bird identification using sight, sound, and little-known bird knowledge. Between sessions, we’ll venture out into our respective bird-filled worlds and apply what we’ve learned to get to know our resident birds, as well as those just passing through in the midst of migration. By the end of the course, you’ll be equipped with the skills to see, hear, and identify birds in your neighborhood and a dispersed community of fellow birders with whom you can discuss findings, track progress, and talk birds.
Syllabus at a Glance
There are six total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours.
Section A: Meets Fridays beginning October 9
Session 1 (Friday, 10/9, 7–8:30 PM ET): So you want to be a birder
Session 2 (Friday, 10/16, 7–8:30 PM ET): Bird parts and lingo
Session 3 (Friday, 10/23, 7–8:30 PM ET): Size and shape
Session 4 (Friday, 10/30, 7–8:30 PM ET): Birding by ear
Session 5 (Friday, 11/6, 7–8:30 PM ET): Family breakdown
Session 6 (Friday, 11/13, 7–8:30 PM ET): Tricky bird ID
Section B: Meets Wednesdays beginning October 14
Session 1 (Wednesday, 10/14, 7–8:30 PM ET): So you want to be a birder
Session 2 (Wednesday, 10/21, 7–8:30 PM ET): Bird parts and lingo
Session 3 (Wednesday, 10/28, 7–8:30 PM ET): Size and shape
Session 4 (Wednesday, 11/4, 7–8:30 PM ET): Birding by ear
Session 5 (Wednesday, 11/11 7–8:30 PM ET): Family breakdown
Session 6 (Wednesday, 11/18, 7–8:30 PM ET): Tricky bird ID
Section C: Meets Mondays beginning October 12
Session 1 (Monday, 10/12, 7–8:30 PM ET): So you want to be a birder
Session 2 (Monday, 10/19, 7–8:30 PM ET): Bird parts and lingo
Session 3 (Monday, 10/26, 7–8:30 PM ET): Size and shape
Session 4 (Monday, 11/2, 7–8:30 PM ET): Birding by ear
Session 5 (Monday, 11/9, 7–8:30 PM ET): Family breakdown
Session 6 (Monday, 11/16, 7–8:30 PM ET): Tricky bird ID
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Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.
Jason Ward is a birder, science communicator, and the host of Birds of North America. Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, his love for wildlife began when he fell in love with dinosaurs at a young age. This infatuation provided him with an escape from the obstacles that growing up in the south Bronx presented. Jason’s mission is to impact, inspire, and instill in those around him a greater appreciation for wildlife, and to blaze a trail for future generations of conservationists growing up in underrepresented communities. In early 2020, he was named one of the Grist 50, an annual list of emerging leaders from across the U.S. who are working on “fresh, real-world solutions to our world’s biggest challenges.” Jason recently co-organized the launch of “Black Birders Week,” a week of events celebrating diversity in birding. He's also the host of the award-winning Birds of North America, a web series that aims to provide a fresh take on birds and birding. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @jasonwardny and @BlackAFinSTEM.
This is an interactive, small-group, seminar-style course that will meet on Fridays over Zoom. Students will be invited to participate in discussions and receive feedback from the course instructor. Between sessions, students will be expected to do some birding on their own and report back with their findings.
There are 20 spots available on this experience.