FA17 Duck Day

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Thursday January 11

9:15 AM  –  12:15 PM

Instructor: Simon Thompson
Thursday, January 11; 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$37 Member / $47 Non-Member
Limit: 20

In defense of ducks, they don’t all look the same! This class offers a morning out around Asheville to several of the area’s better lakes for identifying ducks and other waterfowl. Winter is by far the best time of the year for waterfowl in the mountains of North Carolina, and many of the birds should be in full breeding colors in anticipation of the upcoming breeding season. Males are the easiest to identify, but the class will spend time deciphering the cryptic plumages of those look-alike females as well. Participants will examine their structure, biology and improve identification skills. The class will meet at Lake Julian. Students should wear weather-appropriate clothing for being outdoors all day. This class fulfills three hours of elective credit for the Blue Ridge Naturalist Certificate.

Simon Thompson is an international birding expert who happens to call Asheville home. Originally from Suffolk, England, he has lived in North Carolina for more than 10 years. He spent six months in China studying crane and birds of prey migration as a member of the British China Crane Watch expedition. Simon is director of the Ventures Nature Travel program in Tryon, N.C., and is co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in Arden, N.C. Visit birdventures.com and asheville.wbu.com.