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FALL BIRDING by Tom Striker
6 Sessions, Monday, September 16 - October 21, 9:10 am - 11:10 am
This course will explore bird watching as a hobby to be enjoyed at any age and location. After an introduction to biology and behavior, the course will focus on finding and identifying the birds of the southern Appalachian region. Related topics will include field guides, binoculars, and migration. Weather permitting; most classes will be field trips to hotspots in the Young Harris / Lake Chatuge area. One or more field trips (Ivy Log Gap Road and Brasstown Bald) will be scheduled off campus starting before 9 am and extending beyond 11 am. Participants will need decent binoculars and a fairly recent field guide to eastern birds. Beginners are welcome!
Tom Striker has been a birder for over 40 years and, until recently, operated a backyard nature store in Blue Ridge with year-round educational activities such as seminars and bird walks. He has taught ICL birding classes since 2009 and teaches annually at the John C. Campbell Folk School. His first career as a professional forester included 15 years with the Forest Service. He is a member of the American Birding Association, Atlanta Audubon Society, Georgia Ornithological Society, and Fannin County Wing Watchers.