Missoula Birding

Workshop for Beginning & Intermediate Birders

The Five Valleys Audubon Society will offer a workshop for beginning and intermediate birders. This workshop should appeal to birders just getting started and to birders who want to improve their identification skills. It will consist of four classroom sessions and one field trip.

The classroom sessions are scheduled for Thursdays on April 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th and will be held at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Office at 3201 Spurgin Road. They will start at 7:00 pm and last until 9:30 pm. The program will include a full session on hawks, eagles and owls, and 30 to 60 minute sessions on bird anatomy, migration, waterfowl, woodpeckers, shorebirds, warblers, sparrows, and birding-by-ear. The field trip will be held on May 4th.

There will be a $35 charge for the workshop. To sign up, contact Larry Weeks at 406-549-5632 (406-540-3064 cell) or moc.liamgnull@aenegswb.

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