Springtime Birding

Saturday, April 8, 2023
8:00am – 11:00am

$35 per person ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood)
Ages 12 and up welcome
Meet at the Dwight Center

Early mornings are for the birds! Join avid birder and environmental educator, Nicole Barden, for a sensational morning of looking and listening for the many birds who grace us with their song and beauty each spring. Nicole will share her knowledge of our local feathered fauna as you wander along grasslands and woodland edges. You will learn tips and techniques for identifying the birds we encounter, including what to notice in their song, habits, and appearance. By the end of our walk, you will have a diverse list of species we’ve found together, as well as improved skills for your birding practice! A few species we may find could include Ash-throated Flycatcher, Meadowlark, Grasshopper Sparrow, Acorn Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  This outing is appropriate for beginning birders as well as those with more experience.

This event includes a very slow-paced hike, of 1-3 miles on varied terrain. It will go on in light rain, though heavy storms will cancel. All events will align with the current regional health guidelines. 

*Binoculars are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis, please email Holland at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org to request to borrow a pair for the excursion.

We recommend that you watch our recorded class presentation, Birding Basics – Terrestrial Birds of Sonoma County featuring Nicole Barden before you join us in the field. This video will give you helpful background information to dive right in during our hike! Find it on our YouTube channel here. 

You may also be interested in hearing about what we’ve learned through our annual bird monitoring project in our webinar, Tracking our Feathered Friends – Bird Diversity Trends at Pepperwood, available on our YouTube channel here.

COVID Protocols: All events will follow current regional health safety guidelines. Please practice good health hygiene, and physical distancing when possible. If you do not feel well, please do not attend.

About the Instructor:
Nicole Barden is a passionate naturalist and experienced educator who grew up exploring Northern California. After receiving her Biology degree at Northland College in Northern Wisconsin, she moved back to California and spent nearly 10 years at Pepperwood, working as an Environmental Educator and coordinating their annual Breeding Bird Survey. She is an avid birder, usually carrying her binoculars around wherever she goes, and loves sharing her birding passion with others.

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For all questions about this event, please contact Holland Gistelli, Education Program Coordinator, at hgistelli@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 124.

Early bird registration for Friends of Pepperwood begins at 9am on Monday, December 5, 2022. Enter the code you received as a current Friend of Pepperwood to access early registration and to receive your discount. If you’re not sure about your Friends of Pepperwood status or don’t know the code, contact Sloane Shinn, Donor Relations, at sshinn@pepperwoodpreserve.org or (707) 591-9310 x 133. Click here to become a Friend of Pepperwood today!

Registration for the general public begins at 9am on Monday, December 12, 2022.

2023-04-08 08:00 2023-04-08 11:00 America/Los_Angeles Springtime Birding

Saturday, April 8, 2023 8:00am – 11:00am $35 per person ($30 for Friends of Pepperwood) Ages 12 and up welcome Meet at the Dwight Center Early mornings are for the birds! Join avid birder and environmental educator, Nicole Barden, for a sensational morning of looking and listening for the many birds who grace us with […]

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