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Birding for Beginners 2-Part Course (Waitlist Only)

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DATES: November 16 & 19
TIMES: November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; November 19, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
LOCATIONS: November 16: Montana Natural History Center; November 19: meet at Council Grove State Park

Have you ever wanted to know how to identify the birds of western Montana by sight and by song? Learn to identify over 25 species of birds commonly found in our grassland, forest, and riparian habitats. The first session is in the classroom, getting down the basics, and the second is in the field, bird watching at Council Grove State Park. Winter is an excellent time to begin learning birds! With fewer to choose from, you are able to quickly get the hang of bird watching and identification skills. Instructor Elena Ulev uses a variety of techniques to help you best learn the art of birding.

Instructor: Elena Ulev is a Master Naturalist, Certified Interpretive Guide, and teacher, providing classes and courses for the Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center and MNHC. With a degree in Wildlife Biology, Elena spent a decade working for the Forest Service as a wildlife, botany, and hydrology technician as well a technical science writer. She is an avid eBirder, birding in her backyard and surrounding area every day and has seen 171 bird species in Missoula County thus far.

What to Bring:

  • writing implement and journal
  • mask
  • snacks, water
  • (for the field day) binoculars - we have some to borrow
  • (for the field day) clothes appropriate for changing MT weather conditions - jackets, mittens, hat, good boots, hand/toe warmers, etc.

COVID Precautions:

  • small class limited to 12 students
  • mask required indoors
  • vaccinated MNHC staff and instructors

Cost: $50 MNHC members / $55 non-members
You can add an MNHC membership at checkout.


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.

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Refund policy

Refunds are available up to 7 days prior to the event