WINTER BIRDING – Class Limit 15
Tom Striker, Monday, January 14 – February 18, 6 Sessions, 10:10 am – 12:10 pm
The six-session course will be a combination of indoor sessions and good weather field trips. We’ll start with a classroom introduction to bird biology and behavior, and an organized approach to identifying birds. We’ll also learn about critical birding tools: Binoculars & Field Guides. Over the next 5 sessions, we’ll go out looking for birds a couple of times on good weather days, focusing on wintering songbirds, raptors, loons and waterfowl. Indoor sessions will include Bird Feeding Basics, including Seed, Feeder Types & Dealing with Critters; Attracting Birds with Water; Attracting Favorites: Bluebirds, Hummingbirds & Purple Martins; and Bird Migration. A fairly recent field guide and binoculars are required.
Tom Striker has been a birder for over 40 years and, until recently, operated a backyard nature store in Blue Ridge with year-round educational activities such as seminars and bird walks. He has taught ICL birding classes since 2009 and teaches annually at the John C. Campbell Folk School. His first career as a professional forester included 15 years with the Forest Service. He is a member of the American Birding Association, Atlanta Audubon Society, Georgia Ornithological Society, and Fannin County Wing Watchers.