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If you enjoy the outdoors and want to learn more about finding, observing and identifying birds, this course is for you. This can also be a refresher course for those who have some experience. The first session is devoted mainly to learning how to identify local birds. Some time will be spent discussing field guides, binoculars, organizations and where to go birding around Richmond. The second session is spent in the Garden observing the great diversity of fall migrating birds. Participants should come dressed for the weather for the second session and expect to hike up to two miles over sometimes irregular terrain.

Our Garden continues to follow CDC recommendations and state guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Properly worn masks are required for indoor class participants regardless of vaccination status. Non-vaccinated participants are also required to wear masks when outdoors and unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. The Garden reserves the right to implement additional safety measures. Any updates will be communicated prior to class, if possible.

Register Member $45

Register Non-Member $54

Friday, September 24, 2021 - Monday, September 27, 2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Backyard Birding for Beginners

This class takes on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, September 24, 9 – 11 am
  • Monday, September 27, 8 – 11 am

A pair of binoculars is included with registration.

Meet the instructor

Mary Elfner has a background in environmental policy and wildlife biology and has worked for the National Audubon Society, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) and the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Planning Commission. She is a long-time birder and is currently the president of the Richmond Audubon Society.