Class description: Join Joette Borzik, West Virginia Master Naturalist and Master Birder for a one-day Birding by Ear Boot Camp. Are you ready to take your birding skills to a higher level? Joette, being a bird song enthusiast, uses repetition, active listening, quizzing and other techniques to help you learn bird song in a fun and non-intimidating environment.
We will spend a full day learning as much bird song as you can possibly absorb in the field on the trails of the Blue Ridge Center and surrounding area. Some basic birding knowledge is a prerequisite, i.e. being able to identify some of the common birds by sight. You should be in good health, be comfortable using your binoculars and being able to walk on uneven rolling trails for 3+ miles, in possibly not so ideal weather conditions.
Your birding knowledge need not be extensive, but enthusiasm and interest in learning more is expected. Be prepared to take field notes while on the trail. Backyard and casual birders who want to step up to the next level of birding are encouraged to attend.
Dress appropriate for the weather conditions, including a change of footwear should you get wet. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent and drinking water for trail hiking, and rainwear and a mini umbrella for possible rain showers. Also bring a picnic lunch for eating under a pavilion.
Instructor: Joette Borzik. Joette discovered her love for birds while earning a BS degree in Forest Science from Penn State University. Joette retired in 2011 after 30 years of federal public service, working most of her career for the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a natural resource manager, wildland firefighter and prescribed fire manager, she created, managed and protected wildlife habitat and public lands throughout the United States. Later in her career, she earned a MS degree in Strategic Leadership and developed and delivered national level leadership and employee development training for numerous government agencies. She continues this work as a contractor, consultant and executive coach when she’s not birding. Joette currently leads a public bird walk somewhere nearly every month of the year for the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. Loving to travel, Joette birded in Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Republic of Georgia, Netherlands, the Mediterranean, Ecuador (including the Galapagos), Barbados, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Curacao. She is also involved with numerous local birding projects such as a Grassland Birds Initiative, designed to work with landowners to increase grassland bird populations on private lands, and Christmas Bird Counts.
Class: Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, 11661 Harpers Ferry Rd, Purcellville, VA, Saturday, April 30, 2016 with Sunday, May 1 as a rain date in the event that Saturday is predicted to be a serious rain day. The workshop will be conducted on Saturday if there is rain predicted but some clearing is expected during the day, or the probability of rain is not high.
Cost: $40 ASNV members, $50 non-members
Group Size: 12 participants maximum. The class is full, however you may request to be added to the wait list.