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November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - November 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Beginner’s Duck: Waterfowl Basics

$55 – $75

The ducks, geese, and swans that spend the winter in Portland provide an excellent opportunity to fine tune your birding skills. This class will cover the fieldmarks, behavior, habitats and sounds of our local waterfowl, preparing you for winter birding. Learn strategies for solving tricky identification challenges like white-cheeked geese and scaup. Find out more about the interesting lives of the ducks you might be taking for granted. Your instructor, Sarah Swanson, will provide a fun atmosphere for learning, where birders of all levels are welcome.

An optional field trip on Saturday will give us a chance to apply what we’ve learned in class to real-life ID challenges. We’ll visit some Portland birding hotspots to observe the behavior and habitat of each species and build our waterfowl knowledge.

Cackling Goose
Cackling Goose, photo by Scott Carpenter

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Class Details

Class: Wednesday, November 20 6:30-8:30pm (Heron Hall)

Field Trip: Saturday, November 23 8:30am-12:30pm (TBA, in Portland)

  • Class with Field Trip Fee: $70 members / $90 non-members 

  • Class only Fee: $20 members / $30 non-members
  • Location: Bird Alliance of Oregon Heron Hall, with field trip TBA

    *Transportation not provided.


November 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
November 23, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
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Bird Alliance of Oregon
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210 United States
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$55 – $75


Tara Lemezis