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The New School of Birding: Breeding Ecology and Birdsong *FULL*

We are pleased to announce our second module of the New School of Birding, taught by expert bird nerds Dan van den Broek and Candace Larson.

The songs of birds are one of the most appreciated sounds of nature, and few things announce the changing seasons so profoundly. As days get longer and spring unfolds, the trees burst forth with a growing chorus of sounds to enchant us, and sometimes confound us, with their richness and complexity. From the first, familiar trills of the backyard Bewick’s Wren to the flute-like virtuosity of a Swainson’s Thrush arriving from central Mexico, spring brings us an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the wonderful assortment of species that are found in our region.

In this module, we’ll explore how and why birds sing, diving into breeding and nesting ecology from courtship and nest building to mating and fledging. Along the way, we’ll help you level up your birding-by-ear skills as we investigate bird song from duets to dialects and practice together in the field. The New School of Birding is designed to build both birding skills and a deeper understanding of the ecology and biology of our feathered friends. Each module of this exciting, interactive program includes six virtual class sessions and three field trips, focusing on a different feature of bird biology, plus tips, tricks, and practice with field identification, all provided through a combination of lecture, online quizzes, helpful handouts, live interaction with your instructors, and extensive field time.

We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey!

Register for module 2 of The New School of Birding with Dan and Candace

Immerse yourself in this six-week course to build your birding skills!


Class and Field Day Details

  • Online Class: Wednesdays: March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21, and April 28 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Field Days: April 3, April 17, and May 1, from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm/2:00 pm (depending on destination)
  • Class fee: $450 members / $600 non-members
  • Limited to 18 participants
  • Note: At this time, distance learning classes with Portland Audubon are not available outside of the allotted time. We will be sure to make our most popular distance learning sessions available again. Thank you!



April 21
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$400 – $650


Tara Lemezis