Learning the Ropes of eBird
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Learning the Ropes of eBird

  • Warner Park Community Recreation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learning the Ropes of eBird: Tracking your bird observations online 

We’re sorry, this class is sold out. Please contact Brenna at bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-25-2473 to be added to the waiting list.

eBird can be a phenomenal resource for birders. This workshop will focus on getting you comfortable using the eBird website so you can benefit from the wealth of bird observation information in our area, track and share your birding checklists, and even use your smartphone to note what you see in the field.

This class will be computer-based. Kyle will walk you through the main functions and tools of the eBird website, and briefly describe how the eBird app can enhance your birding checklist experience. The class will be held in a computer lab, but participants are welcome to bring their own laptop or tablet if preferred.

Interested in joining Madison Audubon? Learn more here!


Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Warner Park Community Recreation Center
Enrollment cap: 20 people
Registration fee: $10.00 per person
Taught by: Kyle Lindemer 

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Birding 101 (3-part series)
Apr
20
8:00 AM08:00

Birding 101 (3-part series)

Birding 101: Build your birding knowledge from the ground up

We’re sorry, this class is sold out. Please contact Brenna at bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-25-2473 to be added to the waiting list.

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, as well as a small notebook and pencil for taking notes. This is a judgement-free bird learning experience; join us!

Each class period will involve about 1 hour of indoor classroom learning (which may run slightly late, depending on the number of questions), and 1 hour of outdoor birding (which may run slightly late, depending on the birding). Know that you are welcome to stay for as long as the birding is good, but the official class period is 8-10am.

Dates: Saturdays, April 20, April 27, and May 4
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 11 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration March 25

Co-hosted by the UW Arboretum

 

 Cover photo by Pat Ready

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Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography
Apr
22
9:30 AM09:30

Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography

Luck Favors the Prepared: Beginning Bird and Wildlife Action Photography 

We’re sorry, this class is sold out. Please contact Brenna at bmarsicek@madisonaudubon.org or 608-25-2473 to be added to the waiting list.

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than honing your skills at taking beautiful, inspiring wildlife photographs? 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. Then we will apply our new knowledge and photograph the captive animals at the zoo.

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, April 22, rain date: April 23
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 and Linda Pils

Registration opens March 11 to MAS members
Remaining spots open for public registration April 1

Header photo by Arlene Koziol

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Birding by Ear (2-part series)
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

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

Registration for this class will open April 1

Open to all birders!

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.

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.

Fully accessible class

Both the indoor and outdoor components are specially designed to serve those who experience vision impairment or loss. For those who would like it, we can offer materials in Braille or large font, and we can provide sighted assistants to help participants safely maneuver through the Conservancy.

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:

We are offering a weeknight date and a weekend date for both the indoor and outdoor portions, to allow for individuals of all walks to participate. When you register, you will select 1 of the 2 date options for both the indoor and outdoor portions.


Indoor portion: Thursday, May 30, 6-8 p.m. OR Saturday, June 1, 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: Thursday, June 6, 6-8 p.m. OR , Saturday, June 8, 8:00-10:00 a.m., location TBD (ideally, Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Marina Drive location, but depends on their flood recovery timeline)

Registration fee: $20.00 per person
Enrollment cap: 25 individuals
Taught by: Kerry Wilcox
Registration opens to all on April 1

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Drawing Nature: Winter Edition
Feb
2
9:00 AM09:00

Drawing Nature: Winter Edition

DRAWING NATURE: WINTER EDITION

Techniques for drawing the natural world
 

We’re sorry, this class is full!

If you've longed to have a sketchbook full of nature drawings and observations from your wanderings, this class is for you! Artist, scientist, and MAS education director Carolyn Byers will teach you basic drawing skills (accurate perspective, breaking down the object 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. Carolyn will bring lots of fun things to work with: skulls, turtle shells, feathers, nests, bird feet, stuffed birds, etc.

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.


We’re sorry, this class is full!

Want to get in on more naturey fun? Join Madison Audubon by clicking here!

Drawing by Carolyn Byers

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Drawing Nature: Winter Edition
Feb
1
9:00 AM09:00

Drawing Nature: Winter Edition

DRAWING NATURE: WINTER EDITION

Techniques for drawing the natural world
 

We’re sorry, this class is full!

If you've longed to have a sketchbook full of nature drawings and observations from your wanderings, this class is for you! Artist, scientist, and MAS education director Carolyn Byers will teach you basic drawing skills (accurate perspective, breaking down the object 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. Carolyn will bring lots of fun things to work with: skulls, turtle shells, feathers, nests, bird feet, stuffed birds, etc.

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.



We’re sorry, this class is full!

Want to get in on more naturey fun? Join Madison Audubon by clicking here!

Drawing by Carolyn Byers

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Botanical Illustration
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Botanical Illustration

  • Goose Pond Sanctuary's Wingspan Pavilion (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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 Goose Pond Sanctuary, in Bicentennial Prairie and under the shade of the Wingspan pavilion. 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.

Registration will open to MAS members only on August 25. Interested in joining? Click here!

Date: Sept. 22, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Goose Pond Sanctuary's Wingspan pavilion
Registration fee: $20.00 per person
Taught by: Carolyn Byers

Drawing by Carolyn Byers

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[Rescheduled] Botanical Illustration
Jul
28
9:00 AM09:00

[Rescheduled] Botanical Illustration

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION: Techniques for drawing the natural world

This class was originally scheduled for June 30, but canceled due to extreme heat. The July 28 date is the rescheduled class date. Only a few spots are available!

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.

Registration is open to MAS members only. Interested in joining? Click here!

Date: July 28, 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

Drawing by Carolyn Byers

 

 

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Botanical Illustration
Jun
30
9:00 AM09:00

Botanical Illustration

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION: Techniques for drawing the natural world

This class is postponed due to heat. If you're registered, please check your email for more info!
 

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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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

Sorry, registration for this class is full.

Open to all birders!

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.

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.

Fully accessible class

Both the indoor and outdoor components are specially designed to serve those who experience vision impairment or loss. For those who would like it, we can offer materials in Braille or large font, and we can provide sighted assistants to help participants safely maneuver through the Conservancy.

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.

Sorry, registration for this class is full.

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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 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


Sorry, this class is sold out
 

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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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
 

Sorry, this class is sold out
 

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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