University College at Fairfield University offers "Introduction to Field Ornithology" seminar


What does it take to be a successful bird watcher? Those interested in bird watching as a hobby, or simply learning more about the skill, won't want to miss "Introduction to Field Ornithology," a three-class seminar offered by University College at Fairfield University and the Connecticut Audubon Society.

Through an instructional and hands-on experience, participants will join Milan Bull, senior director of Conservation and Science for the Connecticut Audubon Society of Fairfield, both in the classroom and in the field to explore the basics of field ornithology. The classes will run on three Tuesdays in April, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

On April 13, class will meet at Fairfield University where participants will be taught the topics and terms necessary to be knowledgeable field ornithologists, as well as learn how to keep a field book. Slides will be used to help participants in identification techniques and the recognition of the migratory patterns of birds in the Northeast.

On April 20, participants will visit the Connecticut Audubon Society on Burr Street in Fairfield to discuss the contribution of amateur ornithologists to the field of ornithology. Participants will also get to enjoy a live demonstration on the techniques of bird banding, the process of marking birds in order to track them.

On April 27, the final class will take place on the Connecticut shoreline and give participants the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through identifying birds and beginning their field books.

The cost of the course is $99. To register by phone, call (203) 254-4288. For more information call (203) 254-4307 or visit University College at www.fairfield.edu. Media inquiries can be made to Dana Ambrosini, assistant director of media relations at Fairfield University, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 8, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 183