Ever see a bird perched on a tree branch and wonder what it was? Curious about environmental impacts on bird nesting and rehabilitation for birds injured in the wild?

The Gardens is proud to introduce a series of bird classes in May and June designed to teach participants the skills needed to identify, appreciate and track the diversity of birds around our neighboring Heather Farm Pond.

Great Egret

Whether you’re already an avid bird-watcher or a novice just getting started, this series will offer insight and instruction for all levels. Learn from bird experts on a variety of topics including sketching, journaling, pond ecology, conservation, and bird rehabilitation. Each class will be hosted and led by The Gardens’ lead Natural Science Teacher and bird enthusiast, Noelle Pipa, along with guest instructors. Read more about Noelle.

The series begins with renowned naturalist, artist and educator, John Muir Laws, as he presents the ins and outs of drawing, sketching and identifying birds. Team members from Walnut Creek’s Lindsay Wildlife Experience will teach about the rehabilitation process that goes on behind the scenes at their facility. Conservationists from Mount Diablo Audubon Society and California Bluebird Recovery Program will share tips on how to create habitats that invite birds to nest. Completion of this series will certify you as a trained bird monitor and your bird counts can be entered in public data bases.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

In addition to appealing to adult bird enthusiasts, this series is also designed to inspire young birders, encouraging a love of nature and enlightening a new generation with the information needed to understand and protect our environment. With that goal in mind, The Gardens is offering classes in this series free of charge to students interested in volunteering their time both during and after the training. Submit an online application to be a student volunteer!

Class Topic
Thursday, May 10, 4:30 p.m. at The Gardens at Heather Farm Drawing, Sketching & Identification with John Muir Laws, naturalist, artist and educator
Thursday, May 17, 4:30 p.m. at The Gardens at Heather Farm Journaling & Recording Data with Noelle Pipa, GHF Natural Science Teacher
Thursday, May 24, 4:30 p.m. at The Gardens at Heather Farm Bird Rehabilitation with Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Thursday, June 7, 4:30 p.m. at The Gardens at Heather Farm Heather Farm Pond Ecology with Georgette Howington, Assistant Director of the California Bluebird Recovery Program, and Brian Murphy of Mount Diablo Audubon Society
Thursday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. (new time) at Heather Farm Natural Lake & Pond Birdwalking Basics with Noelle Pipa, GHF Natural Science Teacher

Participants are encouraged to stay after class and attend the Mount Diablo Audubon Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday in June (6/7). Meetings are free to attend, and more information is available at diabloaudubon.org.

Double-crested Cormorants

The Ecology of Heather Farm Pond Birds
Thursdays: 5/17, 5/24, 6/7 at 4:30 p.m. and 6/21 at 6:30 p.m
Four-part Series: $75
Student Volunteers: Full series FREE with approved application and special code (see above)
Single Classes: $25 each
Join the bird watching crew and attend this great series!
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