Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, Trip 2

Another wonderful day at the refuge! If you haven't been there you really should go; it has lots of interest.....boardwalks, a nice overlook, plenty of pullouts. Our list for today equaled last week's in number (56) but not in species: we added Warbling Vireo and Yellow Warbler but subtracted Yellow-headed Blackbird and Peregrine Falcon. Well, there were other changes but I'm too tired to list them all out. Suffice it to say we all had a terrific time and I know this new class was a huge success. I hope to lead it again this fall or next spring.
Next up on the agenda is Birding By Ear. May is full and I don't know about June. A customer at work mentioned that she is taking a birding by ear class through either PCC or CCC, I don't recall. It's five field trips and no class time whereas mine is three field trips and two evening classes. I've sometimes wondered whether the class time is worth it......but birding by ear is so overwhelming in spring I find that it helps students focus once we arrive in the field.
More updates from the spring migration coming soon!

3 comments:

Beverly said...

There is a little online birding community called Colorado Birder (http://www.greatpikespeakbirdingtrail.org/) that I belong to where a new member has asked for the best (favorite) Colorado Field Guide. In that you are a teacher, why not come join us (yes, we are not all Coloradoans), and leave your suggestion. The one who posted it is new and quite enthusiastic…I bet all suggestions would be helpful...to all of us newbies! His question is posted in the Forums section…

NW Nature Nut said...

Teacher Laura: I'm looking forward to Birding by Ear! Hope the weather is good.

me and my camera said...

A 'birding by ear' class sounds wonderful, for I have no ear when it comes to sounds. I only recognize a few of the regulars; Blue Jay, Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow... Yours sounds like a great class to take.