Birding 101: Workshop Information

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: Birding 101 is tailored for beginning birders. It utilizes both classroom sessions and field trips to teach everything from bird identification to field etiquette to birding techniques and resources. This year the course will be taught by local birding experts Bob Dean, Wil Hershberger. An impressive collection of images and recordings, many captured by the instructors, enhance the course. 

LOCATIONS & TIMES: The classroom sessions are typically held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center just north of Shepherdstown from 7-9 p.m. on four weekly evenings in April, however in 2016, Birding 101 is being offered in June. The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m.–12 noon on the corresponding Saturdays.

The Saturday morning field trips allow participants to practice skills learned in the classroom. Participants will visit a variety of habitats to observe the bird species found in each. Field trips are held entirely outdoors, so participants should dress appropriately for the weather and be prepared for muddy conditions. Class size will be limited to 24 participants. The course is open to people of all ages but children younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

COST: The series of workshops is $100 per participant but is subject to change. The fee includes classroom sessions and field trips.

REGISTRATION: Pre-Registration is required.  Registrations will be accepted on-line here at Natural History Workshop: Birding 101. Please email any questions to Krista Hawley at 703-303-1026 or

CANCELLATION POLICY: In order to be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be made at least one week (7 days) prior to the start of the workshop. In this case, all but $50 will be refunded. We do reserve the right to cancel the workshop due to low enrollment. There would be a full refund in this situation.

DIRECTIONS: Directions to the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center are available at We will contact participants approximately one week prior to the course with a room number and any additional details.

          © 2014 Potomac Valley Audubon Society

              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

Kristin Alexander, Executive Director
phone // 304-676-3397

Ellen Murphy, Program Specialist
phone // 304-676-8739

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
phone // 703-303-1026

Bridget Tinsley, Land and Watershed Program Manager // 304-261-6016
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