A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association

A Community Service of the
American River Natural History Association

Black Phoebes photographed by Bob McCleary
Interested in birds but don’t know where to start? This class will introduce the basics of birding, from binoculars to ethics. In four classroom sessions, we will learn the distinguishing marks of the 100 most common birds of Effie Yeaw Nature Center and the American River Parkway. Photos, many of them taken locally, will be supplemented by the sounds birds make, which are often the best way to find and identify birds. We will have two field trips, where we will see and hear birds in a variety of local habitats.

About the presenter:

Rich Howard is a native Californian with a lifelong interest in natural history. Since his first Audubon Christmas Bird Count in 1972, he has enjoyed seeing birds on all seven continents. Rich and his wife Mary, an Effie Yeaw Nature Center docent, have been residents of Carmichael since 1988. Rich retired from environmental consulting in 2013 and has been birding at Effie Yeaw Nature Center almost every week since then.

Recommended for ages 14 and up.


Seminar and field studies will be held at Effie Yeaw Nature Center and surrounding area

Program cost:

Both programs: $80 (General admission), $70 (ARNHA members)

Seminar only: $60 (General admission), $50 (ARNHA members) 

NOTE: The Field Study portion is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, call (916) 489-4918. There is still space in the seminars. Register below for Seminars Only.

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Nature of Things Speaker Series

Beginning Birding - 

Spring Session 2017

The Top 100 Birds of Effie Yeaw Nature Center: A Complete How-To for Beginning Birders

with Rich Howard

Acorn Woodpecker by Bob McCleary
Seminars (4 total):
  Fri., Mar. 3 - 6:30 to 8:00pm 
  Fri., Mar. 10 - 6:30 to 8:00pm  
  Fri., Mar. 24 - 6:30 to 8:00pm 
  Fri., Mar. 31 - 6:30 to 8:00pm 
 All seminars will be held at Effie 
Yeaw Nature Center

Field Studies (2 total): 
  Sat., Mar. 25 - 8:00 to 11:00am 
  Sat., Apr. 1 - 8:00 to 11:00am
 Field study participants will meet at Effie Yeaw Nature Center parking lot