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Beginning bird watching classes open for registration

Posted: February 15, 2013 - 1:03am

This spring the Community Schools program is offering a host of new classes specifically for youth, as well as the general public, on beginning bird watching, with instructor Patricia Wherry.

The youth classes focus on what makes a bird, a bird and teaches students about some of the most common bird species found in Juneau. Attendees will also learn how to use binoculars, spot birds indoors and practice applying identification clues. The class consists of three, one-hour sessions of “hands-on” activities. According to the Community Schools brochure, there will also be an opportunity for an outdoor Audubon field walk for participants. The February class, currently under way, meets from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 14 and 21, in the Harborview Elementary commons. A second session will begin in March. These classes meet at the same time, on Thursday, March 7, 14, and 21, in the Glacier Valley Elementary commons.

Class fee per session is $6. The youth class is geared toward students age 11-17.

For adults, there are also two sessions being offered; each consists of four one-hour classes and a bird identification outing. The February session, also currently underway, meets on Thursdays, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Harborview Elementary commons. The next class is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21.

In March, the second session will run at the same time on Thursday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. The March classes meet in the Gastineau Elementary School commons.

Cost for the adult classes is $8.

Wherry is the chairperson fo rthe Juneau Audubon Education Program. She combines her eight years experience as an elementary teacher with her lifelong interest in being a nature and science leader.

For more information or to register for a class visit: http://www.juneauschools.org/district/community-schools.

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