2022 Birds of Utah Class

On January 12, 2023

Categories: Aviary Events

Tracy Aviary’s Conservation Science Program is offering a 4-month class on the birds of Utah from August 18 to Jan 12. The instructor, Bryant Olsen, is one of the most well-respected bird authorities in the region. Bryant has been birding for over twenty years, and was the recipient of the 2017 Utah Birder of the Year Award. Class participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the many bird species present in Utah. Bryant will teach about when and where to find each species, important identification tips to differentiate between birds, their ecological roles and behaviors, and the evolutionary relationships between species. This class is designed for intermediate to advanced birders who want to increase their birding skill and gain a better understanding of bird identification and ecology. Some basic understanding of birds is assumed.

Birds of Utah Classes will take place from August 18 to Jan 12.  

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This year, we are offering two options for the class:

1) In-person class and field trips (tuition: $100 for the 4-month class). This option includes weekly indoor sessions that will take place on Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm at the Jordan River Nature Center. During these sessions, Bryant will cover a group of similar birds that are in the area at that time. The following Sunday morning, Bryant will lead a field trip to look for the species covered that week, as the best teachers are the birds themselves. Sunday field trip times will vary depending on destination, time of sunrise, and weather, but participants should expect early mornings. Travel to field trip destinations is not provided by the Aviary, but we will arrange carpools and limit the number of vehicles needed each week to the best of our abilities. Space is limited to 20 participants for this option, and participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

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2) Recorded class and bird on your own (tuition $50 for the 4-month class). With this option, participants from all over Utah can watch the Thursday evening class each week as a recording that is posted after the class session. Field trips are not included as part of this option, but Bryant will provide recommendations on good places for participants to go out birding on their own to find the species each week. 

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