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Field Notes

Covering the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest

March 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Spring shorebird class coming up in Kirkland

Spring is less than a month away, and with it comes the delight of the annual shorebird migration. Washington’s Coast is a major stop on the Pacific flyway, and one way to learn about this annual migratory miracle is a shorebird class offered by Eastside Audubon.

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A whimbrel at Ocean Shores surveys in elegant repose.
(Photo by Tim Boyer)

The class is suitable for beginners who just want to get more out of a visit to the coast.

Which ones are playing tag with the waves? Those are sanderlings.

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Sanderlings chase waves up and down the beach.
(Photo by Tim Boyer)

Which ones zip back and forth, keeping their distance? Those are the plovers.

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A black bellied plover. (Photo by Tim Boyer)

Instructor Tim Boyer is a shorebird expert and a professional photographer who can help you learn how to tell shorebirds apart.

Classroom sessions are in Kirkland on Tuesday evenings, March 20 and 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Avenue South, Kirkland.

Classroom instruction will be followed by a full day field trip to the Washington Coast on March 31 or April 1. Details will be decided during the classroom meetings.

Fees for the class are $60 for Eastside Audubon members and $80 for non-members. Carpool costs are additional. For just the classroom lectures, fees are $40 for members and $55 for non-members. Class size is limited to 16 participants and registration is open at 425-576-8805 or by email: office@eastsideaudubon.org

For more information, go to: Shorebird identification.

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A semi-palmated plover. (Photo by Tim Boyer)

Now is also the time to mark your calendar for the Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, coming up in May.

Shorebirds not your thing? Eastside Audubon also offers a class on woodpeckers, coming right up starting this weekend, with instructor Brian Bell.

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