Bird Watching: Birding Basics & More
May 17 - May 23
“…who can resist melodies of a new northern spring; colorful songs of returning birds, fragrant flowers and soft, moist, earthly winds warming our hearts, energizing our soul for this season of life?”
Spring is ripe for birding in Door County! Colorful migrants wing their way through the peninsula’s breathtaking shorelines, wildflower-filled woodlands and fresh green fields. Spend a spring week exploring birding hot spots, learning field identification techniques and enjoying the wholesome activity of “going birding.” You’ll find out why so many people are “flocking” to discover birding.
This class is designed for beginning to intermediate birders, but seasoned birders are welcome too. Be prepared to be in the field most of the time exploring various habitats—wherever birds can be found! Morning and afternoon walks will explore Door County’s well-known (and some not-so-well-known) birding spots. Informal discussions will include optics, field guides, bird topography, bird travel and organizations. Paul will introduce you to the basic and advanced skills needed to identify birds by sight and sound. A special focus of the week will be on the colorful, musical wood warblers. Spring wildflowers and plant identification will be included, along with discussions on birding by habitat and Door County ecology.
Bring binoculars, field guides and comfortable outdoor clothing, including rain gear. Hikes are light to moderate, so sturdy walking shoes are suggested. Feel free to bring a walking stick, camera, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and daypack.
Paul Regnier is a professional naturalist and travel planner who lives and breathes Door County. His love for travel, birding, natural history and cultural history takes him to natural areas around the world and is the foundation of his livelihood. He owns and is lead naturalist for Door County Nature and Travel and Door County Tours, businesses that specialize in customized group travel, environmental education and natural areas consulting and management. Paul earned bachelor and master of science degrees in natural resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is past Chairperson of the Door County Visitor Bureau and was, for 15 years, the Director/Naturalist of the Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin.
Paul will contact students prior to class.
Car pooling is needed for this class.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate/Advanced
Materials Fee: $5 for handouts
Pricing (per person):
$1080 Dorm Room Package*
$1180 Two-Person Room Package*
$1770 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$635 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 7 meals