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A major element of the NSAS mission is education. So all our programs include opportunities to learn more about wild birds and their habitats. Our Monthly Meetings are open to everyone and almost always feature an educational presentation concerning birds, nature or conservation.
On Field Trips, our educational efforts often focus on bird identification. Since another core part of our mission is to share the fun of birding, attending a field trip is a great way to start learning your birds. Birders of all levels are welcome and we are always helping each other to learn field marks, bird calls and songs, and behavior traits that help with identification. Bird walks specifically geared to beginners are offered fairly often for adults and families (check the upcoming events on our Calendar page or contact us).
We also try to pay attention to more than just birds on field trips. Our leaders will often share their knowledge of local wildflowers, native plants and other wildlife. Whenever possible we try to emphasize the importance of particular habitats or provide historical context on the surrounding local landscape. A BIG bonus is that you will be introduced to new places that you may wish to visit later on your own.
Presentations for classrooms or youth groups are offered by prior arrangement. The program usually includes an overview of why birding is fun, a beginning birding video, an exploration of feathers, bird skulls and nests. Additional birding activities, games or art may also be included if time allows. The program ends with a guided bird walk in the schoolyard or nearby park (binoculars can be provided on loan). Contact a Board member to schedule a presentation.
Special Introductory and Family Events
Educational exhibits and birding activities are offered at various community events through out the year, including the annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, Earth Day events, California Native Plant Society sales and garden workshops, and others. Some of these may focus on the importance of "citizen science" and invite participants to get involved with eBird or other monitoring projects.