Birding for Beginners: Virtual Class Only

Date:  April 17, 2021  
Time:  09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: virtual
Contact: Gillette Visitor Center 231-798-3573

Black-capped chickadee on pine branch

Are you new to birding and want to work on perfecting the skill? This class will help you build your birding skills and give you the confidence to get the most of your birding experiences. This class is taught by interpretive naturalist Shana Ramsey of the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center and Elizabeth Tillman from the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center in P.J. Hoffmaster State Park. The virtual portion of this class will cover identification techniques, birder etiquette and ethics, bird vocalizations, how to choose the best field guides and binoculars, how to clean your bird feeders, using birding apps and how you can contribute to community science projects in your area. 

Cost is $10 for the virtual experience only.

There is also a field experience available (for an additional $15) starting at 8 a.m. April 24 at Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, Maybury State Park in Northville, Mitchell State Park in Cadillac or Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Visitor Center in Mattawan. See more details about these events at

To register for this class, go to and click on the "Purchase a license" button. Sign in (using either a username and password or your ID and birthdate), and find the class under the Outdoor Skills Academy tab.

For more information, call 231-798-3573 or email

Please note: Cancellations must be made by April 7 to guarantee a full refund.

For more about birding and resources available in Michigan, visit

This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at