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Ornithology: A Way of Knowing

  • National Wildlife Federation 11100 Wildlife Center Drive Reston, VA, 20190 United States (map)

We are excited to be able to offer Bill Stott’s Ornithology course this fall.  This is a college-level introduction to the study of birds in the context of their environment.  Particular attention will be paid to their biology, field identification, ecological relationships, life histories, geographical and seasonal distribution, and migration.  While the course is designed to include beginners, it is by no means restricted to them. 

About the instructor

Bill Stott is an acclaimed ornithologist, educator, and artist, and has taught this course many times, not only for the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia, but also in formal university settings. 

He has served as President of Ripon College in Wisconsin, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Georgetown University, and Dean of Freshmen at Fordham University. As a faculty member at these institutions, he has taught a wide variety of courses in English and American literature and History, as well as Biology and Ornithology. He was one of the founders of our Audubon Chapter. 

Dr. Stott’s resume is available at


12 classroom sessions

Tuesdays, September 19, 2017 – December 5, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

National Wildlife Federation Building (lower level)
11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, VA 20190

Field trips:              Saturdays, dates TBA. 

Students will sign up for one full day trip to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (Cambridge, MD), and one full day trip to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (Smyrna, DE). 


Tuition:                    $250 – ASNV Members
                                $300 – Non-ASNV Members

Limit:                       30 students


Earlier Event: September 17
Bright Pond, Reston VA
Later Event: September 22
Metz Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey