Beginner Bird Watching *Online* *Offsite*

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 three evening Zoom meetings and a morning spent birding at Mount Auburn Cemetery (or other local birding hotspot depending on possible Covid-related closures) where we’ll practice our new skills. Instructor: Neil Hayward



Start Date

October 12, 2022




Online / Off Site





3 Wednesdays, 5:30–7:30pm Begins Oct. 12 In person Field Trip to Mount Auburn Cemetery: Saturday, 8-11am Oct. 29 (Rain date Sunday Oct. 30)
The first three classes will be online via Zoom. You will receive an instruction on how to connect 2 days before the class starts.

If you register the day before the class starts or the day of the class, please contact for the zoom link.

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.