MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)
DESCRIPTION: Join us for an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens led by Dr. Andrew Laughlin, longtime birder and UNCA assistant professor and researcher. As we look for, listen to and enjoy the birds, we’ll learn to recognize their songs and calls. Field guides helpful but not required. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for rain or shine.
BIO: Dr. Andrew Laughlin is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies department at UNC Asheville where he teaches General Ecology, Avian Ecology & Conservation, and Wildlife Ecology & Management. His interest in birds was sparked 20 years ago in Portland, OR, where he saw his first Great Blue Heron rookery at a wildlife reserve just south of the city center. His current research includes a re-survey of the bird communities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, studying the effects of climate change and Eastern Hemlock decline on bird distribution and abundance in the Park.
Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.
Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.