The popularity of birding or bird watching continues to grow. Clatsop County is a premier birding site with flocks of migrating birds as well as local species. It has coastal lowlands, large and small river valleys, wooded hills and steep, rocky mountains. The North Coast is on the Pacific Flyway, which is squeezed into the narrow space between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean.

All of those things add up to an abundance of birds and a lot of species to see.

Discover the great variety of spring birds at the “Birding – Introduction to Bird Watching” class beginning with a lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. May 6 at Clatsop Community College in Towler Hall room 206. The class includes two subsequent Saturday field trips starting at 7 a.m., one in Astoria May 11, and one at the Fort to Sea Trail May 18.

The class is taught by one of the top birders in Oregon, Mike Patterson, who lives in Astoria. Patterson has a bachelor’s of science degree in zoology and general science and has studied wildlife and birds for 40 years. He works as an ecological contractor with the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service and the North Coast Land Conservancy.

Register now at www.clatsopcc.edu/register (course #PER046501) or call 503-338-2402 or 503-338-2408. The first class May 6 is a lecture. Be prepared to hike for the field trips May 11 and 18. Cost is $35 for all three sessions.

Direct inquiries to Mary Kemhus-Fryling at 503-338-2408 or mfryling@clatsopcc.edu

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