Birdwatching for Beginners

January 12 / February 9 / March 8 / April 26 / May 10

Birdwatching for Beginners: A free, five-part course at the Belle Isle Nature Center

Did you resolve to become a better birder in 2020? Would you like to join the more than 45 million people across the United States that participate in birdwatching as a hobby? Do you wish you could name the birds that flock to your feeders?

Join the Belle Isle Nature Center staff, local Audubon chapter members and other birding experts for a free, five-part “Birdwatching for Beginners” course. Each session can be taken individually or combined with others to develop your bird identification skills. We’ll cover everything from how to use field guides, apps, binoculars and spotting scopes; maintenance and enjoyment of your backyard bird feeders; and identifying common birds by sight and sound. Come join us to build your birding confidence and enjoyment.

Each session will include both indoor classroom and outdoor discovery time. This series is intended for participants 12 years of age and older; students 12-17 must be accompanied by a participating adult. No experience or equipment necessary. We’re excited to share our love of birding with you!


Sunday, January 12, 1-3 p.m.: Backyard birds, birdfeeders, binoculars and beyond

Sunday, February 9,  1-3 p.m.:  Birds of prey and winter wanderers

Sunday, March 8, 1-3 p.m.: Wonders of waterfowl

Sunday, April 26, 1-3 p.m.: Birding by ear and spring songsters

Sunday, May 10, 1-3 p.m.: Marvels of migration


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