Hilton Head Audubon's 'Introduction to Birding' series begins

October 3, 2013 

The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society and the Coastal Discovery Museum will conduct a series of introductory birding classes at the museum on Oct. 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6.

Classes are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no charge for members of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society. Non-members are welcome, but there is a charge of $5 per family. Annual local Audubon membership is $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. There will be four classes:

First class -- about birding; binocular selection, field guides, getting started, lists, shapes

Second class -- backyard birds, feeders, bird topography, maturity, migration

Third class -- birds of prey, buteos, accipiters, falcons, spsrey, eagles, vultures, owls

Fourth class -- shore birds, water birds, wading birds, swimming birds

Carlos Chacon will teach the first class. Chacon was born and raised in Costa Rica, according to a news release. Since he was 12 years old, he has volunteered for various nature-related organizations. His fascination with nature led him to study Tropical Biology at the University of Costa Rica. After graduating in 1996, Chacon began working as a nature guide, since then, he has been leading nature trips, from bird watching and butterfly watching to whale watching along both coasts of Central America. Through his work in Central America, Chacon has led tours for the World Wildlife Fund, Linblad Expeditions, Mountain Sobek Travel, Tauck Tours, Thompson Family Adventures and several other international travel companies. Since moving to the Lowcountry, Chacon has worked as a kayak guide in the marshes of Hilton Head and an alligator tour guide in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. In 2005 Chacon joined the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island, where he is the manager of natural history for the Coastal Discovery Museum. In 2007, he received a master's of science in Earth and Environmental Resources Management from the University of South Carolina.

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