Date: 1/14/20 10:55 am
From: Bruce Mast <cathrasher4...>
Subject: [northbaybirds] Cal Academy/GGAS Master Birder Program 2020 - open for enrollment
*North Bay Birders,*

* If you or anyone you know may be interested in the Master Birder Program
for 2020 please read on or share the following announcement. Four of the 11
field trips are expected to visit locations in Marin and Sonoma counties
(plus 1 in SF and 6 in the East Bay). For those of you active with your
local Audubon chapters, GGAS has found the class to be a great way to groom
new leadership, including field trip leaders and board members. *Golden
Gate Audubon Society and California Academy of Sciences are very excited to
offer our Master Birding course, for the seventh year. The objective of
the course is to help 20 ambitious students enhance their birding and
environmental leadership skills, and develop 20 new active conservation
community members for GGAS, The Academy, and other Bay Area institutions.

The Master Birding Program is an advanced class, and will be one year in
duration, with 11 classes and 11 field trips. Classroom meetings will take
place at The Academy to take advantage of The Academy’s collections and
facilities. Field trips are designed to reinforce class subject matter and
to get firsthand experience with the breadth of birds that occur in the Bay
Area. Prior to taking the course, prospective students are expected to be
able to identify California birds at an “intermediate level” (100+ species
by sight, and 25+ species by sound). To successfully complete the program,
students must commit to volunteer at least 100 hours with a MB designated
organization (GGAS, The Academy, and a long list of other Bay Area birding
or conservation organizations) over a two-year period, and participate in
at least 70% of the classes and field trips.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will have developed a field
notebook documenting sightings of over 200 bird species, will know how to
identify the more difficult bird species, will learn about avian
physiology, behavior and taxonomy, and will develop an understanding of
avian habitats and bird communities. Graduates will have participated in
over 20 organized field trips, developed a backyard (local patch) list, and
will have made a 10-minute presentation to the class on an avian topic of
their choosing. Other details of the course will be presented to
interested candidates.

Instructors are Jack Dumbacher, Eddie Bartley and Bruce Mast. Fee for the
class is $750 for non-CAS or non-GGAS members, $650 for members. The class
will start Wednesday February 5th, 2020, and will meet one Wednesday of
each month, 6:30 – 9:00 PM. The class will finish in December 2020. Field
trips will typically take place on the weekend immediately following the

Interested individuals should complete and submit the Enrollment

We will contact you with appropriate links to enroll.

Please do not hesitate to contact Eddie Bartley or Jack Dumbacher with
questions or if you would like additional information.

Very best wishes and happy birding!

- Jack Dumbacher <jdumbacher...>
- Eddie Bartley <eddie...>

- Bruce Mast

Instructors, Master Birding Program

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