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Bird Identification for Beginners

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Menomonie Market Food Co-op

814 Main Street East

Menomonie, WI 54751

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The course will be in two parts: a classroom presentation(5/11) and an outdoor field trip(5/13-7-9am at Hoffman Hills). The classroom presentation will focus on the basics of bird identification. We will explore the different clues used to identify birds: size, shape, plumage, songs, calls, and behavior. We will discuss how to properly use binoculars and a field guide. The outdoor field trip will be held at Hoffman Hills where we will practice our newly acquired skills as we search for birds in the woods, wetlands, and fields. The field trip will take place during the peak of spring migration with many opportunities to see migratory species as they head for their breeding grounds in the boreal forest and arctic tundra.

Registration required 48 hours prior to the classroom portion.

Instructor: Bill Hogseth

Bio: Bill Hogseth is a wildlife biologist for the WI DNR. He has a degree in restoration ecology from Northland College in Ashland, WI where he studied forest ecology and management. He performs bird surveys for the DNR, USGS, and the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. He is the outreach chair for the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society and the chair of the Citizen Science Advisory Board at Beaver Creek Reserve. He lives in Elk Mound with his wife, Crystal Halvorson, and two young boys, Frankie and Ullr.

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