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Birding Class – Ascend to Better Birding

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Ascend to Better Birding

Learn a 10-step approach to increase your ability to identify birds such as family groups, behavior, silhouette, habitat, field marks, commonality, seasonality, birding by ear, plumage, use of checklist and apps.

The class will include an informative PowerPoint, numerous handouts, workshop activity and a walk around the garden to look for birds.

Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request). Also, if you have bird apps on your phone bring them. Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request).

March 6, 2022, 2:00-5:00 pm
$20 members / $25 non-members

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Ascend to Better Birding At Bonnet House

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Here at Bonnet House, we are fortunate enough to have large, expansive gardens on our property. In fact, the Bonnet House estate contains five unique ecosystems which showcase some of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in South Florida. These pristine habitats offer excellent opportunities for our guests to view nature as well as hundreds of beautiful native and migratory birds, among other animal species. For this reason, Bonnet House is a popular place for many South Florida residents and visitors to go birding.

Contrary to popular belief, birding is not a passive activity. In fact, birding involves actively listening to and searching for birds that you wouldn’t notice if you were just looking out of your back window. Here at Bonnet House, we are fortunate enough to have the space for a variety of birds to visit and build their nests. This is why we do our best to educate guests about birding practices so that they can enjoy and identify some of these beautiful creatures.

On March 6th, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, we will be hosting a comprehensive birding class that will go over a 10-step approach to identifying birds by their family groups, behaviors, field marks, plumage, habitat, and more. The class will include an informative PowerPoint presentation, numerous handouts that you can take home, a workshop activity, and a walk around the garden to look for birds.

If you are interested in taking this popular birding course, please be sure to bring the following items with you:
● Binoculars
● A field guide (can be provided to guests, if needed)
● Birding apps on your phone (optional)

Here at Bonnet House, we understand how popular birding is in the South Florida community. We hope that you can take this opportunity to learn something new, improve upon your bird watching skills, and maybe even see something new! To learn more and register for this course, click here.

Birding Class – Discover the World of Birds

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Discover the World of Birds for the Young and Young at Heart

Become a Bird Sleuth and discover the wonderful world of birds. Learn the basics on how to identify common birds through a variety of strategies on a walk around the garden and in a short class. Download the latest apps Merlin and Audubon before class and see how they can increase your success. It will also include some hands-on interactive fun activities. Bring binoculars and your phone with loaded apps if possible.

February 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon
$20 members / $25 non-members

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Birding Class – Common Birds of South Florida

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Common Birds of South Florida-Wading and Backyard Birds

Learn to identify the common birds of south Florida, one of the TOP 10 birding destinations in the U.S. This class will focus on one of our specialties-Wading Birds. These birds are commonly and easily seen everywhere on canal banks and wetlands, but all the white wading birds can be confusing.

The class also focuses on commonly found birds in your yard and local parks. The class will include an informative PowerPoint, numerous handouts and a birding activity. Bring binoculars and a field guide. Also, if you have bird apps on your phone bring it.

January 9, 2022, 2:00-5:00 pm
$20 members, $25 non-members

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Birding Class – Wonderful World of Birding

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Discover the World of Birds for Young Birders and the Young at Heart

Become a Bird Sleuth and discover the wonderful world of birds. Learn the basics on how to identify common birds through a variety of strategies on a walk around the garden and in a short class.

Download the latest apps Merlin and Audubon before class and see how they can increase your success. It will also include some hands-on interactive fun activities. Bring binoculars and your phone with loaded apps if possible.

October 3, 2022, 2:00-5:00 pm
$20 members / $25 non-members

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Birding Class – Ascend to Better Birding I

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Ascend to Better Birding-Part I

Learn how to better use your binoculars, bird checklist and bird field guide book including field marks, glossary, and family organization. Learn about some of the latest birding apps such as e-bird, Audubon and Merlin to make identification easier using your smart phone.

Find out about of the wonderful benefits of becoming a bird watcher, great local birding hot spots, and wonderful birding opportunities locally, in Florida and tropical adventures abroad. The workshop includes an informative power point presentation, numerous hand outs and a bird walk through the gardens. Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request). Also if you have bird apps on your phone bring them.

$20 members / $25 non-members

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Bird Watching or Birding – How They Differ

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Here at Bonnet House, we are fortunate enough to have large, expansive gardens on our property. In fact, the Bonnet House estate contains five unique ecosystems which showcase some of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in South Florida. These pristine habitats offer excellent opportunities for our guests to view nature as well as hundreds of beautiful native and migratory birds, among other animal species. For this reason, Bonnet House is a popular place for many South Florida residents and visitors to go bird watching and/or birding. But what exactly is the difference between these two activities?

Although these two activities might seem like the same thing, they are actually quite different. Invision this scenario: you are enjoying a morning cup of coffee by a window while looking out at your back yard. As you gaze out the window, you happen to notice a mother robin feeding her babies in the nest by your window. The act of viewing these birds while sipping your warm coffee is known as bird watching.

On the other hand, birding is a bit more complicated. In order to understand the difference between bird watching and birding, we need to take this scenario a step further. After seeing the robin and her babies, let’s say you decide to take a walk through your yard in the hopes of locating more birds with nests. You even bring your binoculars and a camera so you don’t miss out on any bird photo opportunities. The act of seeking out these birds is known as birding. Bird watching is a passive activity, where birding is much more active. Birding involves actively searching for birds or listening for their calls. Bird watching, on the other hand, involves observing birds when you just happen to see them.

At Bonnet House, we understand that both bird watching and birding are very popular, especially in the South Florida community. Because of this, we have been offering Birding Classes for quite some time now. In these classes guided by expert Paddy Cunningham, guests will learn how to spot birds and identify specific species and behaviors. You’ll have the opportunity to take photographs, view bird watching videos, and even make your own. Classes are typically $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

If you’d like more information about Bonnet House’s birding classes, or if you would like to simply learn more about birding and bird watching opportunities at Bonnet House, click here!

Birding Class – A Key to Better I.D.

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Bird Behavior-A Key to Better I.D

Learn how observing bird behavior can be essential to identifying a bird. Gain knowledge about flight and feeding behaviors that are unique to a variety of birds. The class will include an informative power point, numerous hand outs and a walk around the garden to look for birds.

Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request). Also, if you have bird apps on your phone bring them.

$20 members / $25 non-members

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Birding Class – Ascend to Better Birding II

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Ascend to Better Birding-Part II-A 10 step approach to better identification bird class.

Learn a 10 step approach to increase your ability to identify birds such as family groups, behavior, silhouette, habitat, field marks, commonality, seasonality, birding by ear, plumage, use of checklist and apps. The class will include an informative power point, numerous handouts, workshop activity and a walk around the garden to look for birds.

Bring binoculars, and a field guide (if possible can be provided upon request). Also, if you have bird apps on your phone bring them.

$20 members / $25 non-members

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September Birding Classes at Bonnet House

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This September, Bonnet House is excited to announce two new birding classes! We’ll be offering ‘Ascend To Better Birding I’ on September 9th, and ‘Ascend To Better Birding II,’ on September 23rd, both of which will cover everything you’ll need to know to become an expert Bird Watcher.

Ascend To Better Birding I will cover the essentials of birding. This includes binocular best practices, a bird checklist and field guide with field marks, glossary, and family organization. You’ll even get to learn how to use some of the latest birding apps, like e-bird, Audubon, and Merlin to make identification easier using your smartphone.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn the benefits of becoming a bird watcher, great local birding hotspots, and wonderful birding opportunities locally, in Florida and tropical adventures abroad. The workshop will include an informative presentation with numerous handouts, and an enjoyable bird walk through our gardens.

Ascend To Better Birding II will take the information from the first class to the next level. You will go over a 10 step approach to increase your ability to identify birds. This information will include helpful information regarding family groups, behavior, silhouette, habitat, field marks, commonality, seasonality, birding by ear, plumage, as well as the uses of checklists and apps.

One of the most important things you’ll learn in these classes is that a good bird watcher is always prepared! Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, and a field guide (if possible, field guides can be provided upon request).

You won’t want to miss out on these fun and informative events that will be sure to enhance your birding eye. If you’d like to register, the costs are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. If you’d like to register for Ascend to Better Birding I, click here . If you’d like to register for Ascend to Better Birding II, click here .