Two field trips and a meeting will cover technique, equipment and resources for birders at Kern Audubon-Tehachapi in January. Everyone is invited to attend these free activities.
Bob Barnes, renowned Kern birder, will spend two days in Tehachapi teaching the foundations of observing and identifying birds. Barnes will lead two field trips to local birding spots where he will give individualized instruction and assistance as participants practice hands-on techniques in the field. Beginning birders will learn basic techniques; experienced birders will advance their skills. Participants will learn about equipment and resources available and have opportunities to try them.
The public is invited to attend any or all of the following events:
1. Field Trip, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 28: Start your adventure at a local lake where Barnes will teach and demonstrate bird identification techniques. You’ll have time to practice, ask questions, and get individual coaching. Those who wish to will follow up with lunch at a local restaurant. Meet at Burger King on Tehachapi Boulevard at 8:30 a.m.
2. Field Trip, 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 31: Visit another local birding area to get more practice and experience. Barnes will continue teaching techniques, answering questions and coaching individuals. Meet at Burger King on Tehachapi Boulevard at 8:30 a.m.
3. Meeting, 7 p.m., Golden Hills Elementary School Cafeteria, 20215 Park Road, Tuesday, Jan. 31: Barnes will be the speaker at the regular Kern Audubon-Tehachapi meeting. Bring binoculars, birding books, iPads, Smart Phones, laptop computers, etc., and learn about the many resources available. Light refreshments and a raffle will follow the presentation.
Barnes is the past director of bird conservation programs for Audubon California and has 35-plus years experience leading more than 250 formal birding field trips to Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Costa Rica. A master teacher, he has taught beginning birding extension classes for California State University Bakersfield.
All Audubon-Tehachapi activities are free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. For additional information, call 599-1889. Kern Audubon-Tehachapi is a satellite chapter of the Kern Audubon Society.
Dixie Coutant is a member of the Kern Audubon-Tehachapi.