September 29 - October 2, 2017 - This is a full weekend program focusing on birds morning and evening, with afternoons free to relax at the Casa or explore the many natural and cultural resources of the area.
On the first evening, we’ll hear about the amazing bird world, where it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish fact from fantasy. In this presentation, featuring hummingbirds, raptors and ravens, among other species that figure prominently in cultural folklore, test yourself to see if you can tell which stories are too weird to be true. Why are these stories important, whether believable or not?
On the second evening, we’ll discuss nature journaling, with an emphasis on birds. There are many reasons to keep a journal about your nature and birding experiences, not the least of which is to make you a better birder! Test your talents—at any level—during this beginner class to write about and draw birds, indoors and out. In a short evening class (about 40 minutes), we’ll discuss the reasons to keep a journal, what a journal might look like, and do a couple of quick exercises for both writing and drawing.Click Here to View Seminar Itinerary
November 10 - 12, 2017 - This is a full weekend program focusing on birds morning and evening, with afternoons free to relax at the Casa or explore the many natural and cultural resources of the area.
On the first evening, we’ll look at and discuss some of the major families of raptors, including falcons, “forest hawks” and soaring birds, plus vultures. What should we be looking at to help tell them apart?
On the second evening, we’ll some favorite songbirds—bluebirds, robins and thrushes. While these melodious songsters are popular and widely known from other parts of the United States, we have our own collection in Arizona. This class will emphasize the common—and not so common—species of this family in this state, providing some information on their backstory and identification.Click Here to View Seminar Itinerary