Education - Classes and Resources
The MDAS Education Committee arranges classes for chapter members and the public, serves as a resource for information on local classes through other organizations, and provides links to educational materials and programs available online.
The Education Committee is looking for volunteers interested in helping with tabling events representing MDAS at area festivals, science fairs, and celebrations, set up classes, contacting instructors, brainstorming ideas, collaborating with area conservation groups to provide birding expertise on hikes, and/or working with youth and classroom teachers to further the MDAS mission.
If interested, please contact Maren Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local and Area Classes and Activities
The MDAS Education Committee maintains a list of local and area classes and activities of special interest to members of our chapter in which they may participate. Links to other organizations are also provided below for information about classes they may offer.
Interested in Bird Photography?
Join the Fremont Birding Circle
on Facebook to learn about monthly walks led by local photographer and birding expert, Jerry Ting, and enjoy bird photography posts by members.
Mono Lake Field Seminars
38 classes including birds and photography www.monolake.org
Golden Gate Audubon offers classes for all levels of birding skills for members and non-members. You can find out more about them at https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/classes/. They also do Eco-Education programs that offer year-round environmental education to Title I (federally-funded) elementary schools in Oakland, Richmond and San Francisco. To find out more visit https://goldengateaudubon.org/education/eco-education/.
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute offers over 140 hands-on outdoor education classes per year that foster the enjoyment of the Point Reyes National Seashore, for over 2000 participants. Their classes are led by expert instructors who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. You can find out more at http://www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/prnsa-field-institute or by calling (415) 663-1200 x307.
Ohlone Audubon Society maintains a list of local classes at http://www.ohloneaudubon.org/index.php/education/bird-watching-classes
Denise Wight's list of birding classes can be found at http://www.denisewightbirds.com/
Daniel Edelstein teaches classes which can be found on his Merritt College blog and on his website at WarblerWatch.com.
John Muir Laws offers classes through his website, JohnMuirLaws.com.
The Education Committee provides links to online classes and educational resources.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has over 200 online courses available. Some require a fee, but many are free. You can explore them at https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/course-list/ or http://www. birds.cornell.edu/courses.
Birds of North America is a subscription website maintained by Cornell Lab of Ornithology that has a wealth of information on birds. You can access them at https://birdsna.org/ This is not a set of classes, but detailed information to assist your learning about individual bird species.
Programs for Teachers:
Audubon Adventures offers a variety of programs for schools at http://www.audubon.org/conservation/audubon-adventures.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has their Bird Sleuth programs for teachers. Find out more at http://www.birdsleuth.org/.