Beginner birding course starts in April

February 21, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is now accepting applications for its "Birding 101" course for beginning birders, which will be in April.

Space will be limited so those who are interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

The course will be taught by leading local bird experts, including Bob Dean, Wil Hershberger and Matt Orsie.

The course features evening classroom sessions and daytime field trips to teach everything from bird identification to birding techniques and resources to field etiquette.

It will focus on bird species that are found in the Eastern Panhandle area.

The evening classroom sessions will start on Thursday, April 7, and will be held each of the following three Thursdays (April 14, 21, and 28).

All of these sessions will be  from 7 to 9 p.m. at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center just north of Shepherdstown.

The field trips will be held at various locations around the Panhandle from roughly 7 a.m. to noon on the Saturdays following the Thursday evening classroom sessions (April 9, 16, and 23 and 30).

Tuition for four classroom sessions and four field trips is $75.

Registration is required.

Registration forms and more information are available on the PVAS website at or by contacting Kristin Alexander at or 304-676-3397.

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