Southern California Bird Identification Course

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Southern California Spring Bird Identification Course 2021

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Please join Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod and Biologist Adam Searcy for our very popular 2021 Annual Breeding Bird ID course which begins May 12th.

This 4-class workshop will consist of 4 virtual museum labs on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30pm (May 12, May 19, May 26, and June 2). The course is designed for novice to new intermediate birders who want to become familiar with the breeding birds of Ventura County. Pelagic birds, shorebirds, and gulls will not be covered during this course.

Class size will be limited to 40 and priority will be given to WFVZ Members. WFVZ Members price is $25 per class, that's only $100 for all 4 sessions. The non-members cost is still only $140 for over 10 hours of fun and learning.

Current CSUCI, VC, MC, OC, & UCLA students can take the classes at a greatly discounted rate. Current student ID will be required.

Space is limited so get your tickets today!


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Paul has a master’s of science in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah, and has been teaching about nature and science for more than 25 years, with an emphasis on public education about birds of prey. He has also participated in hawk migration counting, roadside censuses, and nest surveys, and studied neotropical riparian songbirds and prairie bird species. As a certified interpretive guide and naturalist he has extensive experience in natural history interpretation in a variety of settings, including state and national parks and wildlife refuges, nature centers, museums, and migration research sites.


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Adam has been watching and thinking about birds and their identification, status, and distribution in Ventura County and California since the early 2000s. He has been an eBird reviewer and North American Birds county records compiler since 2011, and is currently serving a second term on the California Bird Records Committee. He has been working as a consulting biologist in Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties since 2015 for a number of non-profit, government, and private clients. He worked as a collections assistant at the WFVZ from 2010 until 2015 and he wishes everyday that he was still working in the collections.

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Organizer The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology

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The Bird Museum - The Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity, is both a natural history collection specializing in eggs and nests of birds from around the world, and a research and education institution dedicated to bird conservation. The Foundation's collections are among the largest in the world, and its mission is to contribute to the study, knowledge, and conservation of the world’s wild bird species through biodiversity activities involving our bird collections, education programs, research projects and publications.


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