Winter on the Eastern Shore is rich in birding opportunities. Got waterfowl? Want to see some loons and gannets? This course will introduce our winter resident birds to you, even if you have little or no birding experience.  Classes will consider these groups of birds and more, each session serving as a prelude to a day-long field trip to special places where the target species are most likely to be seen.  Learn how to identify what may be less familiar birds while visiting great Eastern Shore birding hotspots. 

This is Part 1 of a 2-part repetition of last winter’s Special Birds in Special Places course.  Part 2, offered in the upcoming Chesapeake Forum Spring Semester, will focus on songbird migrants and shorebirds.

Session 1:

February 10, 2022: Wondrous Waterfowl (Class from 2:30 – 4pm)

February 14, 2022: (Field Trip from 8am – 3pm) to Cambridge waterfront and Blackwater NWR for ducks and geese 

Session 2:

February 17, 2022: Coastal Treasures (Class from 2:30 – 4pm)

February 21, 2022 (Field Trip from 8am – 3pm): to Ocean City for gannets, sea ducks, loons and, oh yes, a gull or two 

Note: Field trips dates subject to change due to weather conditions.

Feedback from past courses with Wayne:

“I signed up for Wayne’s class just for the experience of the remote field trips and they introduced me to places I’d never find on my own. Bravo Wayne and thank you!”

“Wayne’s enthusiasm is contagious. I learned so much from each class session and then to be able to put it to practice in the field made this learning experience even more meaningful. The follow up videos were so helpful to review. Please continue to provide outside experiences in the future.”

“As always, Wayne’s classes are full of useful information and his field trips are amazing! I particularly liked the focus this semester on the ecology of our land use here on the Eastern Shore. Gives us all something to think about!”

“Great course – recommend to anyone interested in ecology of the Chesapeake and birding in the area!”

HYBRID COURSE.  You may attend in-person at the Easton Peachblossom YMCA, by Zoom, or Recording

2 Sessions |Thursdays | Feb 10, March 3 | 2:30-4pm | $20

(Includes 2 Field Trips | Mondays | Feb 14, Mar 7 | 8am-3pm) 

Dr.Wayne Bell

Wayne Bell, Ph.D.

Dr. Wayne Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD, he graduated from University of Miami, Florida, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of all things ecological. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Maryland Ornithological Society Youth program (YMOS) and the Chesapeake Forum.

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