Learning the Ropes of eBird
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Learning the Ropes of eBird

  • Common Ground Coffee Shop & Pheasant Branch Conservancy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learning the Ropes of eBird: Getting comfortable with using the birding smartphone app

eBird can be a phenomenal resource, and sometimes a necessary tool, for birders. This workshop will focus on getting you comfortable using the eBird app on your smartphone so you can spend less time in the field tinkering on the tool and more time with your eyes in your binoculars.

The first part of this class will be indoors, while Kyle shows you the basics of eBird on your own smartphone. You must have eBird downloaded and set up on your smartphone before class begins. Then, we'll put your new-found knowledge to good use by practicing across the street at Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Finally, we will wrap up back at Common Ground coffee shop to go over questions that arose during the field session.

Interested in joining Madison Audubon? Learn more here!

Requirements:

  1. eBird account set up ahead of time
  2. Smartphone with eBird downloaded and logged in

Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Common Ground Coffee Shop and Pheasant Branch Conservancy
Registration fee: $10.00 per person
Taught by: Kyle Lindemer

Registration opens March 19 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration April 2

 

 

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Birding 101 (3-part series)
May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Birding 101 (3-part series)

Birding 101: Build your birding knowledge from the ground up

If you love all things nature and want to get to know the birds you'll find in and around Madison, this class is for you. This is a three-part session with both classroom and field-based learning, and geared toward adults. Each day involves a slightly more advanced set of skills and information, but this course is intended for entry-level birders. Please bring binoculars, if possible; we will have a few for participants to borrow. This is a judgement-free bird learning experience; join us!

Dates: May 5, May 12, and May 19
Time: 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Location: UW Arboretum (1207 Seminole Highway, Madison)
Registration fee: $20.00 per person
Taught by: Chuck Henrikson and Abe Lenoch

Registration opens March 26 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration April 9

Co-hosted by the UW Arboretum

 

 

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Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography
May
7
9:30 AM09:30

Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography

Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography: An insider's tips and tricks

 

Sorry, this class is sold out.

 

Luck favors the prepared! Experienced bird and nature photographer, Arlene Koziol (you may have noticed that her bird photos are everywhere on our website and printed materials!), will lead you through techniques and strategies for getting that perfect bird capture using your own equipment. You'll learn how to be ready to take the shot, handheld camera technique and fast-draw technique for action photography, the importance of anticipating behavior, importance of "reading the landscape" in the field, field techniques, and wildlife photography etiquette. Following class will be an optional lunch and discussion at ZuZu Cafe (1336 Drake St.) next to the zoo. Enrollment is capped at 8.

Requirements:

  1. Participants must have basic working knowledge of your camera
  2. Camera must have a burst or multi mode. Can be a point-and-shoot, DSLR, or mirrorless camera
  3. Camera with 300mm lens

Date: Monday, May 7
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Henry Vilas Zoo, north entrance (702 S. Randall Ave., Madison)
Registration fee: $15.00 per person
Taught by: Arlene Koziol

Registration opens March 26 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration April 9

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Birding by Ear (2-part series)
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Birding by Ear (2-part series)

  • Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired // Pheasant Branch Conservancy (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BIRDING BY EAR: Learning to identify birds without sight

Just as unique as their coloration and shape, bird songs come in all tunes and pitches. Identifying birds by their song is an exciting activity and skill, and any experienced bird watcher will tell you that most birding is done without actually seeing the bird, but by hearing it.

Particularly geared toward individuals who experience vision loss or impairment, this class teaches the techniques and songs for identifying birds by close listening. The first day will involve classroom-based learning, exploring the various songs of common bird species for June in Pheasant Branch Conservancy. The second day will take place at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, where a wide, flat, gravel/boardwalk path will take us through wooded habitat to practice our new-found skills.

The outdoor portion of the class will offer sighted assistants at a 2:1 ratio to help participants safely maneuver through the park. Participants are encouraged to bring your own friends or loved ones to serve as your sighted guide instead; please indicate that in the registration form. Service animals are welcome, but please note that leashed dogs are also allowed in the park.

Co-organized with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired

Dates, times and locations:
Indoor portion: June 2, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the conference room in the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired (754 Williamson Street)
Outdoor portion: June 16, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Marina Drive location*

Registration fee: $20.00 per person
Taught by: Kerry Wilcox

*For the hike at Pheasant Branch, we will meet at the trailhead on Marina Drive. Parking is available along Marina Drive, and Bus Route 78 drops off at Century Avenue and Marina Drive. If riding the bus, we encourage you to ride past the Marina Drive east-bound stop; the bus will turn around just a couple blocks down the street. Get off on the Marina Drive west-bound stop. This will prevent you from needing to cross Century Avenue without a stoplight.

Registration opens April 23. MAS membership not required.

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Botanical Illustration
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Botanical Illustration

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION: Techniques for drawing the natural world

If you've longed to have a sketchbook full of nature drawings and observations from your wanderings, this class is for you! Artist and scientist Carolyn Byers will teach you basic drawing skills (accurate perspective, breaking down the objecting into basic shapes, building detail, composition), how to experiment with the amount of details you add to your drawing, ways of using different media in botanical illustration (pros and cons of pencil, ink, watercolor, and colored pencil), and how to notice details you might not have seen before. All of this will take place at beautiful Faville Grove Sanctuary, outdoors and in the prairie (a rain location has also been arranged). We will be working outside for the duration of class. Please dress for the weather and bring a sun hat and plenty of water.

We will provide some supplies for participants to borrow: drawing pencils, clipboards, and erasers. We will also have drawing paper for you to use and keep. Please bring any other art supplies you enjoy working with or would like more practice with.

Date: June 30, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Faville Grove Sanctuary East
Registration fee: $20.00 per person
Taught by: Carolyn Byers

Registration opens May 21 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration June 4

Drawing by Carolyn Byers

 

 

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