Intensive Beginning Birding Course Waiting List

Instructors: Juanita Baker, Ph.D. and David Simpson

Plus volunteer field trip guides: Felicity Rask, Carolyn Cimino, Becky Loftus, William Loftus, Douglas Sutherland, George Thomas, Richard Baker

Interested in taking the Intensive Bird Course? Click below to add your name to the waiting list and be one of the first to be notified when registration opens for the next course. Being on the waiting list does not guarantee a place in the class.

Join the waiting list for future Intensive Bird Classes

Want to learn more about our Florida Birds? We have over 300 different species that have been seen in our county! What a marvelous opportunity to learn about and see so many unique birds.

Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS) invites you to join our 2020 Intensive Beginning Birding Course taught by Juanita Baker and David Simpson in 4 intensive classes giving you basic knowledge to understand birds through 4 “indoor field trips” with many beautiful photographs representing Indian River County’s variety of Bird Families, plus 2 “outdoor field trips” to local “birding Hotspots” helping you to learn what to look for, and understand and appreciate our Florida wonders. 

This Beginning Birding course introduces you to basic identification and techniques so that you learn bird basics and can appreciate more why birds are the way they are…their size, shape, foods, colors, songs, typical behaviors and mating rituals that not only help us identify the birds but enjoy them. Understanding in which habitats, geographical locations birds, and in what season the birds might be found will help you locate birds. Basic equipment you might want to use, and field skills birders use will be reviewed. Finally, you will learn how to get near to birds to view them yet be responsible and not harm them. Brief history and current forces that are destructive of our birds, conservation efforts, and what we can do for birds and all wildlife is covered.

Class Location

Audubon House, 195 9th Street SE (Oslo Rd.), Vero Beach at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA). Click for map.

Class Schedule

Intensive 2-week course:  
Four evening class sessions from 6:0O – 8:30 PM, 
Tuesday, February 11
Thursday, February 13

Tuesday, February 25
Thursday, February 27

Two Field Trips to Special Places:
Saturday, February 15 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 pm – Sebastian Inlet State Park & Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, February 29 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 pm – Stick Marsh area
You will see and identify over 75 bird species.

Fee (must be a member of Pelican Island Audubon to take the course)*

Registration is closed.

$95 for Pelican Island Audubon members
For non-members:
1-person – $95 course registration + $25 PIAS individual membership = $120
2-people – $190 course registration for two people + $30 PIAS family membership (save $20 on membership) = $220

*Please note:  Registration will be considered incomplete without being member of Pelican Island Audubon Society.  You will be emailed course materials after payment in January so you can prepare. Reserve your spot today!  Class limit is 30 people. Cancellations/refunds allowed until January 31 (to allow others to take your place and schedule their time)

About the instructors:  Long-time birder and PIAS author of the Florida Bird Photo-of-the-Month, Juanita N. Baker, lead, and outstanding Florida birder, David Simpson, will instruct in class and David will be available as guide on one field trip along with numerous other experienced bird guides for both field trips so you can apply the skills taught in the intensive classes. 

Questions: email Juanita Baker at

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