Beginner Bird Watching

This class is primarily for the beginning bird watcher, but can also be appreciated by bird watchers of any level. We’ll learn about bird watching in class on two Tuesdays and take a walk on Saturday through Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, one of the best spots in the Northeast for viewing. We’ll discuss families of birds, basic avian anatomy, birding by habitat, and how to identify bird songs. We will have fun in class and the field appreciating the beauty of birds, their songs, and their lives. Instructor: Neil Hayward



Start Date

October 15, 2019




CCAE / Off Site





2 Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30pm. Oct. 15 & 22 (at CCAE)
Field trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery on Saturday, 9am-12pm. Oct. 26
Rain Date is Sunday, 9am-12pm. Oct. 27 Bird watching or birding is the most popular outdoor sport. And for good reason—it’s great exercise and gives you a unique insight into the natural world around us. In this course we’ll learn how to identify some of the many resident and migratory birds of New England. We’ll also talk about topography (the anatomy of birds), feather molt, evolution of birds, their songs and their migration. Plus, how to choose binoculars and where you can go to use them. The course is two evenings in a classroom and a morning spent birding locally where we’ll practice our new skills.

Instructors: Neil Hayward


Neil Hayward

Neil Hayward has been a birdwatcher ever since he was strong enough to lift a pair of binoculars on his own. He is the Vice President of the Brookline Bird Club, counsel member of the Nuttall Ornithological Club, bird sightings editor for the journal Bird Observer and the author of Lost Among the Birds(Bloomsbury, June 2016), a memoir of his accidental big year.