The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society will offer "Birding 101: An Introduction to Birding" from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Saturday mornings at The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, starting Oct. 11 and concluding Nov. 1. The series is available to both members and non-members and is designed to help beginners learn to identify local birds.
Kathy Greider of the Audubon Society provided this description of what is planned:
Because Hilton Head Island has such great birding opportunities, many of our new residents start to "watch the birds" quite by accident. There are birds everywhere, in backyards many of which include lagoons, wet lands and shore lines on the ocean and the bay. We have heard from some of our new members that they were cautious about attending a meeting or a field trip because they thought, "I just don't know enough to participate in an event. I might say something wrong or someone will laugh at me."Let us assure you -- we love to help people learn more about birds and nature.
The Hilton Head Island Audubon Society wants residents and visitors to know you need not be an expert to join, attend our monthly membership meetings or venture out on our field trips. We all started out saying, "What is that bird." We didn't know the bird, but wanted to find out. This fall, our four-week course will encourage the public and novice Hilton Head Island Audubon members to attend any or all of the weekly classes.
The course will meet once a week and cover the basics of birding and specific information for Hilton Head Island. The "Birding 101: An Introduction to Birding" is geared to novice birders, and we encourage families to attend. Birding is a wonderful pastime for both young and old. It can get you out to enjoy nature; not just to see birds, but butterflies, dragonflies, wildflowers, trees, waterfalls and many other amazing natural occurrences.
We will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on four consecutive Saturday mornings at The Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, starting Oct. 11 and concluding Nov. 1.
Topics will include:
* Identification of local birds.
* A review of binoculars, feeding methods, birding books.
* Information about the best birding locations on the island.
The last week will be a bird walk around the grounds of The Coastal Discovery Museum.
There will be a $5 charge per week for a family or individual, but no cost for Hilton Head Island Audubon members. Memberships will be available the first day of the course for $25 per family or $15 per individual. Loaner binoculars and bird books will be available for use during the course. Participants do not have to attend all four session, but registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 843-295-2113.
If you email please put &"Birding 101" in the subject line and give your name, phone, email address and membership status. Your registration will be confirmed.