Van Buren County is rich in bird habitat. This includes flat prairie farmland and grassy fence rows, hardwood timber as well as pine forests, abundant wet lands, ponds, lakes, and river banks. Typically we find birds of eastern North America in abundance nesting in Van Buren county. We are also located on the Mississippi flyway, a major migration pathway. Birds seen regularly include a variety of hawks, warblers, woodpeckers, doves, swallows and swifts, waterfowl, game birds, and buzzards. The majestic eagle has built nests in the county. Tiny hummingbirds and wrens spend the summers here. Rarer visitors include loons, pelicans, and osprey. The class will include short trips around the county to view various types of birds in their native habitats. Birders will learn to identify different types of birds by silhouette or plumage, by flight patterns, and by the songs or calls of various birds.
Meet Your Instructors: Raymond Morris & Connie Morris
Session 1: Identifying Birds by Sight,
Flight, and Song
Session 2: Observing the Fall Migration along the Mississippi Flyway
|Dates:||Session 1 - March 16, 2013 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Session 2 - September, 28, 2013 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Location: Meet at Mt. Sterling Community Building
Class Fee: Each class will last 6-8 hours; $69 per student; class size: 3-5; transportation from meeting site to habitat areas will be provided.
Note: Bring a bag lunch.