Introductory Level Classes:

1. The 2024/2025 Wintering Birds class will be taught over the course of 2-3 weeks in Dec 2024, or Jan or Feb 2025. The course emphasizes the identification of wintering birds of prey, sparrows and other passerines, shorebirds, and gulls. 2-3 in-person lab classes will be held on weekday evenings at the WFVZ museum, along with 2-3 Saturday morning field trips. Heavy rain cancels or may modify the length of the course. Check back in fall 2024 for dates of specific classes.

Costs are as follows: $150 for non-Members and brand-new Members; $100 for people who have been WFVZ Members for >2 months; $75 for current college and high school students with valid ID. Children over 12 are welcome to join the class but must be accompanied by one adult; the cost will be charged as one person. Capacity is limited to <20 students to provide for quality field experiences for all. Registration for this class will open 2 months before it is held. Please contact Education@wfvz.org for specific questions.

2. The 2024 Breeding Birds class will be taught on May 15th, 18th, 22nd and 25th 2024. This class is a great way to gain familiarity with ~200 species of birds that nest in our region. Emphasis will be on family- and species-level characteristics, and field trips to practice IDs. The 2024 class will be taught by Sammy Cowell, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, studied biology and received his M.S. from Utah State on the breeding ecology of two woodpecker species, and has been teaching biology classes at Oxnard College and birding locally since he moved to Ventura County in 2017.

The class consists of two Wednesday evening workshops with slides and study skins, held at the WFVZ Museum from 6-8:30 pm on May 15th and 22nd. The fieldtrips will be held the following Saturdays, May 18th and 25th, from 7:30-11 am. The course provides 12 hours of instruction and slides and other materials for home review afterward. Fieldtrip locations will be announced at the museum classes; all will be in Ventura County.

Costs are as follows: $150 for non-Members and brand-new Members; $100 for people who have been WFVZ Members for >2 months; $75 for current college and high school students with valid ID. Children over 12 are welcome to join the class but must be accompanied by one adult; the cost will be charged as one person. Capacity is limited to <20 students to provide for quality field experiences for all. Only 10 spaces remaining as of 15 April. Please reserve a space by 1 May 2024.

For all introductory classes priority will be given to WFVZ Members. 

For payment for classes please visit our Donation site, and enter the total amount you are paying, along with the name of the class, and dates you want to attend. Thank you!

Please contact Education@wfvz.org for specific questions.

                                              


Professional Level Classes:

1. Nests and Eggs Workshop: Feb 29-Mar 2 2024. Taught by Dr. Linnea Hall and Mr. René Corado. This is a 3-day workshop covering all southern California bird families, including more than 150 species. Classes are held from 9 am to 3 pm on days 1 and 2 (1 hr lunch break each day); 8-11 am in the field on day 3 (weather permitting), then 1-3 pm at the museum for closing work.

Days 1 and 2 (Thurs and Fri): Classroom introduction to the breeding ecology of birds, and the nests and eggs of different Families and select species of birds of southern California. Also egg and nest specimen review in the WFVZ collections. Provided: handbook of characteristics of nests/eggs of approximately 250 species; slide deck with details. Students need to bring reference: McFarland, C., M. Monjello, and D. Moskowitz. 2021. Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers. 500 pp. 

Day 3 (Sat): On the third morning we will meet at a local field site in Ventura County to see/practice identifying nest locations for T/E and special status species, along with other species. Return to museum for specimen review and closing Q and A.

Pricing: $200 for Non-Members; $140 for people who have been WFVZ Members for >2 months ($30% off); $120 for current college students with valid ID. Class registration opens 2 months before date. THIS CLASS IS NOW CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION.

 

2. Vocalizations of southern California riparian and chaparral birds: 24 and 26-27 April 2024. Taught by Dr Linnea Hall, an avian ecologist with >30 years of identifying passerines of the western US by vocalization. 10 hours of intensive instruction provided, with a handbook of information on how to “group” bird vocalizations into types to characterize their songs, along with other reference materials.

Morning sessions on April 26th and 27th from 7 to 11 am, and 1 evening Zoom introduction from 6-8 pm on April 24th. 15 people maximum; open to professional biologists or those in training for a career in the field who have at least 2 years of southern California bird ID experience already. Extreme weather cancels.

Pricing: $200 for Non-Members; $140 for people who have been WFVZ Members for >2 months ($30% off); $120 for current college students with valid ID. Only 5 spaces remaining as of 15 April 2024. Please reserve a space by 20 April 2024.

An advanced reference for the class is Pieplow, Nathan. 2019. Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America. Hardcover – Illustrated.  This is NOT REQUIRED, but is an amazing source of advanced information about vocalizations of bird species of North America, so is recommended.

For payment for all classes please visit our Donation site, and enter the total amount you are paying, along with the name of the class, and dates you want to attend. Thank you!

 

Please contact Education@wfvz.org for specific questions.

 

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