Black Hill Audubon holds beginning birding class

Staff reportOctober 13, 2013 

Burt Guttman, a retired Evergreen State College professor of biology, will teach a new fall beginning birding class offered by the Black Hills Audubon Society.

The class will run for five Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 22. In addition, there will be two half-day field trips on weekend dates that have not been determined.

Guttman is a lifelong birder and is the author of the Peterson Field Guide book “Finding Your Wings: A Workbook for Beginning Bird Watchers.”

Using the book, in-class exercises and workshops, participants will develop the skills of seeing birds. Students will learn to look for a bird’s critical features, its behavior and its habitat – all in order to identify it.

The class also will include choosing and using binoculars. They are not required for the field trips, but participants might want to have a pair.

The cost of the class includes the textbook. The book is intended for use with the Peterson field guides to the birds, which are excellent choices for beginners. “A Field Guide to Western Birds” is best for this region, but any field guide can be used for the class if necessary. A few field guides will be available for loan.

When: Oct. 22 and 29, Nov. 5, 12 and 19, with two half-day field trips.

Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: $80.

Location: Coach House at the State Capital Museum, 214 22nd Ave. SW, Olympia.

Registration: Pre-registration is required. To do so, or if you have questions, send an email to Shelley Horn, education committee chairwoman, at

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