Birding Workshops and Courses

OAS Birding Workshops

Date: Saturday, February 18
Field trip: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Description: Join raptor biologists, Jennifer and Tom Coulson, on a half-day field trip to the outskirts of New Orleans and Arabi in search of raptors. During the field trip the Coulsons will provide tips on finding and identifying native birds of prey. This trip involves 1-1.5 miles of hiking. Bring binoculars, a notepad, snacks, water and sunscreen.

Meeting location: Meet at the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Platform (marsh overlook), 2677 Caffin Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117, located at the intersection of Caffin Avenue and Florida Avenue in New Orleans. (This meeting location does not have a restroom.) After spending about 45 minutes here, we will bird the nearby closed landfill on the Orleans-St. Bernard parish line.
Cost: $25.00

Reservations: Make checks payable to "Orleans Audubon Society" and mail to Orleans Audubon Society, 64340 Fogg Lane, Pearl River, LA 70452. Provide your name, address, phone number and email address with your payment to receive workshop materials. If you do not have an email address, please contact Jennifer to make other arrangements.

For further information, contact Jennifer at 504-717-3544 or email:

Fall 2017 Beginning Bird Watching Course

This course is usually offered annually. If you are interested in participating in a future course, please contact Jennifer Coulson (contact information below) to be put on the course announcement list.

Dates: Five Saturdays in 2017 - Dates TBA.
Fee: $100.00

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 in (TBA). The first two meetings are lecture-format classes, followed by three field trips to area parks and preserves. The two lectures will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist. The field trips will be on Saturdays in March.

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

Birding Field Trips:
New Orleans City Park - 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Fontainebleau State Park + Northlake Museum and Nature Center, Mandeville - 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
New Orleans East, location TBA - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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

Pictured above: Loggerhead Shrike


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Orleans Audubon Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, and as such, your gift may be tax deductible if you itemize.

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