OP20 Birding Basics

ONLINE Birding Basics Series

Birding Basics: Binoculars and Field Guides | Wednesday, November 18; 4 - 5 PM

Birding Basics: Migration | Wednesday, November 25; 4 - 5 PM

Birding Basics: Backyard Birds of WNC | Wednesday, December 2; 4 - 5 PM

Birding Basics: Feathers and Flight | Wednesday, December 9; 4 - 5 PM

Birding Basics: Bird Songs | Wednesday, December 16; 4 - 5 PM

Instructors: Simon Thompson and Kevin Burke

Individual session: $10 Member | $15 Non-member
Package of 5: $40 Member | $50 Non-member

BRN Elective credit (1 hour per session)


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 ToursRegister for individual sessions (click "Show individual events" below), or the whole series.

All sessions will be held online. Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration.


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.  

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.


Arboretum Members: Please sign in above in the top right-hand corner before adding classes to your shopping cart. Your member discount will be applied on the checkout pageClick here for membership discount instructions. To become an Arboretum Member and receive discounts on all classes, go to our Membership page.