Birding Workshops and Courses

Beginning Birding Course – September 2023

Watching Birds Enriches Your Life in Multiple Ways

Description: Orleans Audubon Society is offering its popular Beginning Birding course in partnership with the University of New Orleans.

When:  Wednesday evening lectures, September 13, 20 & 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Where: Lectures are in a classroom at the Science Building, UNO’s Lakefront Campus

When:  Saturday morning birding walks: September 16, 23 & 30 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM

Where: Birding field trip destinations: Lakefront/New Orleans East; City Park Couturie Forest/Wisner Tract; Audubon Park/The Fly

Course Instructor: Dr. Peter Yaukey

Tuition: $100.00

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, nature, and the outdoors? If so, the Beginning Birding Course is just for you!

Birding is a rewarding hobby that will truly enrich your life. It can be enjoyed just about anywhere including your backyard, a local park, or on an exotic vacation. This course is designed to get you started in bird watching. The instructor, Dr. Peter Yaukey, is a professor, an ornithologist and a birder. He will provide tips on purchasing and using binoculars and field guides and on how to identify birds by sight, sound, and behavior. You will also receive an introduction to the biology of birds, nearby birding destinations, and to local bird watching groups where you can make new acquaintances and friends.

The course consists of three lecture-format classes on Wednesday evenings, each followed with a birding field trip on the following Saturday morning. The class meets on three consecutive Wednesdays and Saturdays from September 13th through 30th. The three lectures will be held at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus in a classroom on the second floor of the Science Building. We have made parking arrangements with UNO. Saturday birding field trip destinations will include the Lakefront and New Orleans East, City Park and Audubon Park.

Sign up for Beginning Birding today!  The course fee is $100.00. Registration is CLOSED. NOTE: The fall course is full and no longer has openings. We hope to offer this course again in the spring.

For more information, contact: Dr. Peter Yaukey, pyaukey at, (504) 400-3286.

Orleans Audubon Society thanks UNO Birding for hosting the classroom meetings and for logistical support.