AE21 Birding Basics: Bird Songs


Birding Basics: Bird Songs

ONLINE* Thursday, March 18; 4 to 5 p.m. 

Instructors: Kevin Burke and Simon Thompson

$15 Member | $20 Non-member

BRN Elective (1 hour per session)


With the dense canopy of spring forests it can be difficult to identify which birds are singing without at least learning the basics of birdsong identification. The class starts with a slide discussion of local birds and their spring breeding behavior patterns.

*Please add to your contacts so our emails do not end up in your spam folder. Instructions for joining via Zoom will be emailed to registrants the day prior to the class. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.


Birding Basics Series

$80 Member | $100 Non-member

Birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country. Your next bird sighting could be as close as your nearest window, yard, or tree! Learn more about our local avian friends and how to get into bird watching in this series of weekly online classes. You don’t have to be a beginner to enjoy these lively presentations by expert birders Simon Thompson and Kevin Burke of Ventures Birding Tours.  

March 4 -  Nest: Searching for Home

March 11 - Spring Arrival Birds

March 18 - Bird Songs

April 1 - Nocturnal Birds

April 8 - Hummingbirds

April 15 - Eastern Birds of Prey


Kevin Burke was introduced to birding while taking an ornithology class and has been birding every day since. He has a degree in resource recreation and tourism from the University of Idaho and honed his birding skills teaching environmental education. Kevin has led birding trips across the country to Washington's San Juan Islands and Idaho's back country and abroad with trips to Portugal and Colombia. His lifelong journey has developed into a desire to share his knowledge and help others grow their skills. 

Originally from Suffolk, England, Simon Thompson has lived in North Carolina for over 20 years. Prior to moving to the US he lived in Lebanon, Kenya, Yemen, and Ghana, where his interest in birds and natural history began.  In addition to traveling extensively in the United States, Simon spent six months in China studying the crane and bird of prey migration as a member of the British "China Crane Watch" expedition. He is on the board of the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society in Asheville, NC. As owner and operator of Ventures Birding Tours, Simon has led many birding trips all over the world.  


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