Birding Workshops and Courses

OAS Birding Courses and Workshops

Birding for Beginners Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 23
Time: 8:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Wendy Rihner
Location: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans, LA 70124, at the Lath House & Discovery Garden
Cost: $10 for non-members, $5 for Longue Vue House and Gardens members. Pre-registration is required. A maximum of 15 tickets will be sold.

Looking to get on a first-name basis with our feathered friends? Join Wendy Rihner of the Orleans Audubon Society at Longue Vue for an introductory birding workshop. Just in time for the fall migration, learn how to identify birds in your backyard by picking the best birding spots, using binoculars properly, and choosing the right field guide for you. Field practice in our gardens to follow.
Binoculars are required; please bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a water bottle.

For more information about this Longue Vue House and Gardens Community Workshop, contact: Matt Reyna, (504) 293-4721, Email:

Fall 2017 Beginning Bird Watching Course

Dates: October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4

Times: Classroom times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; Field trip times: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Fee: $100.00

Registration: Pre-registration required. Mail check, payable to "Orleans Audubon Society" to: Orleans Audubon Society, 64340 Fogg Lane, Pearl River, LA 70452, or email to pay using PayPal. Include your name, mailing address, email address and phone number. Register by October 1st. Enrollment is limited.

Instructors: Wendy Rihner, Jennifer Coulson, Joelle Finley, and Glenn Ousset.

Watching birds can enrich your life in multiple ways. Are you looking for an activity that will teach you a skill offering lifelong enjoyment and relaxation, mild exercise, and opportunities to meet new people? Are you interested in animals and the outdoors? If so, the Beginning Bird Watching Course is for you!

Bird watching is a truly rewarding hobby. It can be enjoyed just about anywhere including your backyard, a local park, or an exotic vacation. This course is designed to get you started in bird watching.

The course begins with two lecture-format classes and follows with three bird watching field trips. Ornithologists and birders from the Orleans Audubon Society provide tips on purchasing and using binoculars and field guides and on how to identify birds by sight, sound, and behavior. Students also receive an introduction to ornithology and to local bird watching groups. Bird watching field trips are led by experienced bird watchers to exciting but conveniently located destinations.

The class meets on five consecutive Saturdays beginning on October 7th. The first two meetings are lecture-format classes, followed by three field trips to area parks and preserves. The two lectures will be held on Oct. 7 and 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist. The field trips, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., will be on three consecutive Saturdays, starting October 21.

The Community Church Unitarian Universalist is located in Lakeview: 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124-1522.

Course Field Trip Destinations:
Sat., Oct. 21 - Couturie Forest, New Orleans City Park
Sat., Oct. 28 - Fontainebleau State Park + Northlake Museum and Nature Center, Mandeville
Sat., Nov. 4 - TBA: Arabi and Chalmette or New Orleans East

For more information, please email Jennifer Coulson at or call her at (985) 863-8516.

Pictured: juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk (top); Loggerhead Shrike (lower left)


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