Audubon offers class, field trip focusing on hawks

Staff reportDecember 22, 2013 

Birding For people who like to view hawks, the Tahoma Audubon Society is holding a hawk watching class next month and a viewing field trip in February.

“We are offering the Western Washington hawk watching class in Tacoma for the first time in over a decade,” said Krystal Kyer, the chapter’s executive director. “It is a chance to learn all about hawks of this area through lectures and an all-day field trip.”

The classes, presented by the Falcon Research Group, start in January, and will be held at University of Puget Sound in partnership with the Slater Museum of Natural History. A field trip to the lower Skagit River valley is included in the class.

Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. Jan. 8-Feb. 5. The class meets at University of Puget Sound’s Thompson Hall in Room 175.

Registration is open, and can be done online at metroparkstacoma.org, calling 253-591-6439 or in person at the Tacoma Nature Center. The cost is $175 per person. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

For more information, go to tahomaaudubon.org/adultclasses.

For people wanting a one-day hawk experience, the chapter has scheduled a field trip to the Skagit River Flats on Feb. 1.

Master birder Marcus Roening will lead this trip taking place during the peak season of raptors and the massive snow geese flocks found on the Skagit Flats. Participants also can expect to see bald eagles, short-eared owl, northern shrike, rough-legged hawks, peregrine falcon, snow geese, and both trumpeter and tundra swans.

The trip will be from 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Register by contacting Roening at marcus.d.roening@gsk.com. For more information, call 253-756-0215. There is a limit on number of participants.

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