SP20 Nocturnal Birds of the Blue Ridge

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Friday March 27

9:30 AM  –  11:30 AM

Nocturnal Birds of the Blue Ridge

Instructor: Aaron Steed

Friday, March 27, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., and Friday, April 3, 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$58 Member | $68 Non-member

Limit: 16 students

BRN Elective - 4 Hours


Whoo... whoo... whoo’s making all that racket after sunset? There seems to be a lot of activity taking place when most of us expect our birds to be resting. Many species of birds are active at night, including owls, nightjars, and even some songbirds. Some birds are predominantly nocturnal whereas others do specific tasks, like migrating, nocturnally. Students will learn about the ecology and behavior of Western North Carolina’s nocturnal avian residents as well as helpful patterns for identifying them by their vocalizations. Birding at night takes special dedication but opens up a new way of learning about birds. The second class will be a night birding field trip, weather permitting, to try to catch a glimpse of some of these "night owls" (pun intended). 

Aaron Steed has been interested in birds and nature his entire life. Originally from Wilmington, NC, Aaron is a graduate of the UNC-Asheville Biology department and has worked numerous ornithological field positions across the US, focusing primarily on endangered species. Aaron currently works as office manager and tour guide at Ventures Birding, and has led groups to Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Honduras, Belize, Peru, Cuba, and Spain as well as a multitude of destinations across the US. He lives in West Asheville with his wife and menagerie of pets (2 cats, 2 dogs, 10 chickens, and a beta fish).  


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