Bird Alliance of Oregon classes spark curiosity, foster a deeper understanding of the natural world, and inspire people to protect native wildlife and their habitat. Classes are open to people of all skill levels and abilities, with a focus on natural history, regional conservation issues, the intersection of art and the environment, and of course, birds and wildlife. When you take a class with Bird Alliance of Oregon, you are supporting our work to protect wildlife, wild places, and humans alike.

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Online Classes

Join Bird Alliance of Oregon’s expert naturalists and educators from the comfort of your own home. From waterfowl, birding hotspots, bird identification, online watercolor, to owls and more, our selection of online classes will prep you for taking your newly learned skills out into the field. All online classes run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (except online art classes) and recordings are sent out to registered participants after class.

Butterfly Ecology and Evolution with Brian Magnier
  • July 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
The Butterflies of Oregon with Brian Magnier
  • July 17, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Hummingbirds of Oregon with John Rakestraw
  • August 13, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Identifying Shorebirds with John Rakestraw
  • August 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Intermediate Birding by Ear: Shorebirds! with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • August 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
The Swifts Return! with Candace Larson and Brodie Cass Talbott
  • September 3, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Experiencing Migration with Brodie Cass Talbott
  • September 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Birds in Flight Photography with Brian Magnier
  • September 10, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Things YOU Can Do To Help Birds with John Rakestraw
  • September 11, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Birding Oregon Hotspots with John Rakestraw
  • September 18, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Coming soon! 500 Million Years in Oregon with Brian Magnier
  • September 20, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Coming soon! Macro Photography with Brian Magnier
  • September 30, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Anna's Hummingbird, photo by Mick Thompson

In-Person Classes

Join us for in-person classes! Class sizes are small and are a great way to level up your birding skills, gain a deeper understanding of yourself and nature, learn how to create nature journals, immerse yourself in watercolor painting, plant identification and more. Expert teaching and camaraderie provided!

Watercolor Painting with Ronna: The Barn Swallow
  • June 15, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *in-person
Collage Backyard Bird – Spotted Towhee with Teal Buehler
  • June 22, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Bird Journals: Coloration and Markings with Jude Siegel
  • July 13, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Forest Therapy with Andrea Kreiner
  • July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. *in-person
Bird Journals: Birds and Their Habitats with Jude Siegel
  • August 3, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. *in-person
Forest Therapy with Andrea Kreiner
  • August 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. *in-person
Paper Collaged Spotted Towhee, artwork by Teal Buehler

Immersive Birding Series

Gain a deeper relationship with nature in one of our immersive birding series. Series will often include many class opportunties and sometimes an online class component. When you register for a series, the fee includes all classes and/or field days listed. Check each event listing for details. Expert teaching and camaraderie provided! 

Deep Birding through the Seasons: The Next Generation with Dan van den Broek & Candace Larson

  • Online Class date: July 10, 2024, Field Day dates:  July 13, 20, 27, 2024 *3 spots left*


Birding, photo by Tara Lemezis

Join the Waitlist!

To be added to the waitlist, please click on the event and hit the register button to fill out the inquiry form. Once you have submitted your inquiry for the waitlist, you will only be contacted if a space becomes available. Thank you!

  • Willamette Valley Ecology Series with Dan van den Broek & Candace Larson

    • Online Class dates:  June 12, 19 and 26, 2024, Field Day dates:  June 15, 22 and 29, 2024 *FULL*
Lazuli Bunting, photo by Scott Carpenter

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