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What Birds Eat is taught by David Leatherman. He received a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College and a Master of Forestry from Duke University. He was a Forest Entomologist for the Colorado Forest Service. His hobbies are birding (including an obsession with what they eat) and nature photography. He edited Colorado Birds, the journal of the Colorado Field Ornithologists, and his column, "The Hungry Bird," appears on their website. He is currently working on a book about "Life Among the Headstones," an account of the natural history in an old Fort Collins cemetery.

Birders are good at finding birds and naming them. This class will take things up a notch by asking not just "what is it?" but "what is it doing?" and "why is it there?" A knowledge of birds' food habits can help answer these questions. On the first evening we'll cover the basics of bird anatomy and physiology as they relate to food acquisition and sustenance of bird activity, and also cover some of the major foods used by area birds. Interesting cases, anecdotes, and displays will be included. Field trips will be unrehearsed "live" attempts to find birds and figure out what they are eating. Bring your curiosity and your camera. The instructor will bring vials for capturing and getting close-up views of unwary insects.

Indoor Class: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., near Longmont

Field Class: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Loveland area

Field Class: Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Fort Collins area

Tuition: $95.00. Limited to 10 participants.

Registration opens on May 3, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. MDT


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Our classes are geared toward adult learners. The minimum age for attendance is 18.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Class locations are provided to registrants about two weeks before the class starts in a "Welcome" email from the Instructor. Come directly to the location of the first class and Dave will meet you there. On each field day we will meet at a location specified at the prior class.

If you wish to carpool, you can make your own arrangements. We will provide a list of participants who allow us to share their names and emails for this purpose. While we suggest that all occupants share the fair cost of gas/operating costs, BCNA does not organize or participate in any carpool arrangements. If you carpool, please discuss and agree on your travel plans in advance.

What can I bring to the event?

You will want paper and pen/pencil on all three days. The instructor will let you know if there is anything specific that you should bring to the field session. Otherwise be prepared for time outdoors, away from the car. You might want a daypack. Be sure to bring water and food for snacks and lunch. Wear hiking clothes and footwear adequate for conditions. Bring sun protection (sun lotion, sun glasses, hat, long sleeves), bug dope, and any field guides, binoculars or spotting scopes, trekking poles, or other personal items and extra clothing you might want.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email We do not check this account every day, but will try to get back to you within four business days.

What's the refund policy?

We open registration for each class just six weeks before it begins so that you will have a good idea of your availability. Our apologies, but refunds are not available. Most of the proceeds from classes go to our instructors. The remainder helps support our education program, research grants, publications, seminars, and conservation efforts. If you must cancel, we hope you'll consider your payment as a donation to the Boulder County Nature Association. Of course, if we must cancel a class, your payment will be fully refunded.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Just log on to your account, go to "Tickets," select your order, and then choose "Edit." Change the name and email address to the new attendee's information. Be sure to check the box and we will send them a confirmation email with all the ticket/registration information they'll need. Once you're done, select "Save" to save your changes.

Demand for our classes is high and participation is limited. Classes usually fill up early, and we maintain a waiting list. If you cannot attend or find a substitute, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may offer your spot to someone else.

Can I update my registration information?


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, your name will be on our registration list. You may print your Confirmation Email if you want a record.

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