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S17C9 Beginning Birding

This introduction to birding, one of the fastest-growing hobbies, will explore our local birds, year-round, winter, and summer residents, along with migrants that briefly pass through. Learn how to recognize birds by shape, size, behavior, plumage and habitat. Topics will include how to observe birds, birding etiquette, and use of equipment such as binoculars, cameras and field guides. We will also explore backyard birding, attracting birds, and birding afield. This course will include both classroom sessions and field birding. Participants should have their own binoculars for field trips. (We'll discuss binocular suggestions during the first class.)

Instructor: With a lifelong interest in nature, wildlife, and photography, Diane Lepkowski is especially intrigued by birds. Since becoming a serious birder in 2009, Diane has used her photography to share her passion for enjoying, studying and protecting our feathered friends. She has offered presentations for organizations including the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, Massanutten Regional Library and Rockingham Bird Club (RBC). Diane serves on the RBC Executive Committee as Vice-president of Field Trips and coordinated field trips for the RBC-hosted Virginia Society of Ornithology's Annual Meeting in 2010. With a B.S. Degree in Education, Diane is a teacher at heart and loves to inspire others to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the amazing world of birds.

Suggested Reading: A field guide (i.e. "National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America", Sixth edition; 2011, by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer) or "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition"; 2016, by David Sibley.)

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Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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