Join us as we explore a local park to learn the basics of bird field identification! This introductory class will focus on the basic tools and techniques that are useful for correctly identifying birds by sight and sound. We will review the difference between a bird call and song and how they can help with bird identification. This class will cover about 1 mile of Braddock Bay’s easily accessible trails at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for identification practice.
We'll provide you with a clipboard, pen, and guide to some of the birds we are likely to see during class to practice identifying birds, and then take these materials home to keep after class as a reference for future songbird identification.
Please note: Bring your own binoculars for the most rewarding experience. If you do not have a pair, binoculars will be available for purchase at class for $20 but must be reserved one week prior to class date. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors (including footwear for hiking), and bring water, insect repellent and camera if you wish.
Class location: This class will take place at Braddock Bay Park in the town of Greece. The address is 199 East Manitou Road Rochester, NY 14612. We will meet/park at the Donald C. Schlieter Lodge and Pavilion. This class will have a rain date of 9/24 so we ask that students please be available for both dates just in case.
This class will not take place at Rochester Brainery
About the teacher:
Jenna Holzschuh is the Green Goods Buyer/Manager at Van Putte Gardens in Greece where she orders plant material and helps manage and care for over 5 acres of retail trees, shrubs and perennial plants. She has a Masters in Environmental Science and Biology from Brockport and is an avid hiker and naturalist. When she’s not working or out hiking in the woods, Jenna volunteers as a songbird bander at the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.
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