Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is pleased to host a series of Bird ID Classes focused on species in our local area! These classes are open to the public and consist of in-depth identification lessons in person or on zoom, followed by a field trip. This is a great opportunity to learn about birds, how to identify them, and where to find them in the wild. Your registration fee goes directly to help saving birds through our conservation work!

The first class will be Waterfowl of the Upper Texas Coast with Ron Weeks.
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Waterfowl of the Upper Texas Coast with Ron Weeks

ID Classes & Field Trip

7:00-9:00PM Tuesday January 25th, 2022 – Class session #1 (Zoom)

7:00-900PM Thursday January 27th, 2022 – Class session #2 (Zoom)

7:30AM Saturday January 29th, 2022 – Field Trip

  • Details will be shared as date approaches and we know where the ducks are.
  • Current plan is to meet at 7:30AM at the GCBO headquarters in Lake Jackson, TX

Unfamiliar with Zoom and online workshops? Not to worry! Zoom is quite easy to use on either a computer or smart phone. Our staff is willing and able to answer any questions that you have about this virtual format.



Local birding expert and author Ron Weeks

Join GCBO board member and co-author of Birdlife of Houston, Galveston, and Upper Texas Coast and A Birder’s Guide to the Texas Coast Ron Weeks for an in-depth look at local waterfowl.  This course will have two weekday evening classroom sessions via Zoom followed by a full-day field trip to the coastal marshes to put what we learned into practice.   You can expect to learn about the 29 waterfowl species seen annually in the Greater Houston area including:

  • Identification basics including photo quizzes
  • Breeding and wintering ranges along with the best local spots to find them
  • Molt including “eclipse” plumages of males
  • Habitat and diet
  • Vocalizations – No, they don’t all go “quack”!

The course fee of $200.00 includes:

  • Both classes and the field trip (car caravan for convenient departures)
  • Sibley’s Ducks, Geese, and Swans of Eastern North America (folding laminated field card)
  • Helping save birds, as the fee goes directly to supporting GCBO’s many conservation programs

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