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The New School of Birding: The Wonders of Migration *FULL*

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

Birds are inextricably tied to transformations of the season. Every year, beginning in mid-summer, some of the most impressive long-distance migrants on the planet start their southward journey from the arctic tundra to the highest latitudes in the southern hemisphere! Even our own gorgeous and diminutive Rufous Hummingbird has been known to travel over 4000 miles from its breeding grounds in Alaska to its cozy, winter retreat in Mexico. Along the way, migrating birds are faced with vast expanses of open ocean, towering mountain ranges and an array of natural and human-created hazards. Still, they are able to repeat this feat, year after year, pinpointing their exact destination with astonishing precision.

In this module, we hope to raise your awareness of the subtle cues of nature, and bring you into closer understanding of the lives of our feathered neighbors. We’ll explore how and why birds migrate, delving into the mysteries of how birds stay on course, how scientists measure migration, systems of feather molt, the amazing journeys of long-distance migrants, and much more. Along the way, we’ll practice our birding skills in the field, with a focus on local migrants and shorebirds. The New School of Birding is designed to build both birding skills and a deeper understanding of the ecology and biology of the birds all around us. 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 3 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: July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18 and August 25 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Field Days: July 31, August 14 and August 28, from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm/4:00 pm (depending on destination)
  • Class fee: $450 members / $600 non-members
  • Limited to 18 participants


July 21 @ 6:00 pm
August 25 @ 7:15 pm
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Portland Audubon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$450 – $600


Tara Lemezis