Beginning Bird Identification

Wisconsin is fortunate to have beautiful birds. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about birds native to the Eau Claire area, this beginning bird identification is a combo seminar and field excursion class. Learn about song, habitat, geography and more.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Community Classes for Adults

Who Should Attend

People interested in learning more about the birds of Wisconsin.

Two women looking through binoculars birdwatching.

Program Description

Learn about birds

Over the years, bird watching has evolved from an ornithological endeavor to an enjoyable recreational pursuit that can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to learn more about the natural world around us. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to grasp the fundamentals of identifying birds and be able to put your new skills to use in the outdoors.

Through classroom learning and field excursions, you’ll discover the amazing diversity of birds that the Chippewa Valley has to offer. Each of the three field outings will focus on a separate bird population specific to the Chippewa Valley area: winter and permanent resident birds, migrant waterfowl, and summer resident songbirds. Please be aware that outings may require walking moderate distances on uneven surfaces.

You will learn about:

  • song awareness
  • plumage
  • behavior
  • habitat
  • season
  • geography


Dr. Terry Balding is a retired biology professor from UW-Eau Claire where he taught ornithology. His knowledge of local birds is wide-ranging, and he has considerable experience with local birds. He has published in his area of expertise: the red-shouldered hawk population of the Lower Chippewa/Eau Claire Rivers and tape-recorded playbacks on bird responses. Terry has a great enthusiasm for observing and learning all about nature and then sharing these experiences with others.