Birding with the BIC


Instructor: Roberta Kellam. Registration required as class size is limited. Cost: $50.00 per person. (Please note varying Friday and Saturday dates, times and locations for classroom study and field trips.)

Living on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a privilege for so many reasons, not the least of which is our location on the coastal flyway for migrating birds. If you are looking for a new hobby around birds and bird-watching or are an experienced birder, this class is for you! Roberta Kellam will guide you through the basics of field gear (such as binoculars and field guides), how to recognize birds by groups and how to identify species by their field marks, behavior and sound. You will learn about the best places and times to see birds, and how to make your own back yard into an enticing habitat for birds. The class will meet a few times at the Barrier Islands Center and other sessions will be birding field trips around the Eastern Shore.

Bring binoculars if you have them; some will be available for loan.

Classroom Study at the BIC:

  • April 10 (Friday) 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • May 22 (Friday)  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Field Trips:

  • April 18 (Saturday):  Field trip – 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
  • May 9 (Saturday):  Field trip – 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Location TBD
  • May 22 (Friday): Field trip – 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Evening Whimbrel Watching
  • June 6th (Saturday) Field trip – 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Eastern Shore Virginia National Wildlife Refuge