This course is offered In collaboration with the Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Dr. Bell invites you to take a look at our local birds through an ecological lens. Class sessions will introduce the concept of ecological succession to examine how the history of land use on the Chesapeake Bay watershed from pre-colonial days to the present has influenced the region’s bird species diversity. 

Field trips to three local destinations will provide “binoculars-on” opportunities for species identification while gaining first-hand experience with ecological principles that inform and challenge approaches to habitat conservation.  After registering, you will receive more information about the topics covered in the field trips. Our collective goal is twofold: to gain personal confidence in identifying local bird species in our own backyard and to understand how the local working landscape contributes to the Eastern Shore’s bird biodiversity. Persons of any birding skill are welcome. We will all do our best to make you a better, and more informed, birder!  Enrollment is limited. Field Trips are for Zoom class participants only.  Field Trip times may change. 

Feedback from Wayne’s last course: 

“Wayne’s enthusiasm is contagious. I learned so much from each class Zoom session.  That I was then 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.”

“I’d follow Dr.Bell to hell and back looking for birds if he went.  I’ve never had a better teacher.”

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

3 session Recording | Free of Charge


Wayne Bell, Ph.D.

Wayne Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, and a marine microbiologist by training, he graduated from the 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 Talbot County Bird Club, the Youth Program of the Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS), and, of course, the wonderful Chesapeake Forum (Wayne’s words!).

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