Tricolored Heron in FlightOrnithology is a branch of zoology that focuses on the study of birds. Field Ornithology takes that observation of birds outdoors, and can be a fun and challenging hobby for anyone. Phinizy Center Education Department offers Field Ornithology courses meant to introduce the fascinating world of birds, and provide the tools and techniques required for each person to become a comfortable independent birder.

Our current ornithology classes take place on Wednesdays. Class times in the spring and fall are from 8am until noon and 9am until 1pm in the winter. Attendees are introduced to different birding areas here in the CSRA, and are asked to meet at or carpool to these locations throughout the course. Each class includes field lecture time, field study, discussion, and home-reading suggestions. No matter your skill level, these courses are a great opportunity to get out and enjoy nature and birding with others.


Registration fees include reference books and a class notebook with handouts. Binoculars and field guides are available for use during field trips. Participation for each course is limited: register early to ensure your space! Call the Education office at 706-796-7707 for more information.

Field Ornithology Basics
When: Wednesday’s, August 30th  – November 30th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $275 per person – includes a class notebook, and you will become an Individual Friend of Phinizy .  Already a Friend of Phinizy? Cost is $240.  Are you a returning participant? Your cost is $225.

This 12 week course takes place in the fall and serves as an introductory course to many topics involved in field ornithology, including optics, field guides, birding ethics, bird groups, field identification marks and more. The perfect course for beginning birders! Trifold flyer 2017 fall Ornithology

Online Registration Closed – call 706-796-7707 for more information




Field Ornithology: Spring Breeding

This 8 week course takes place in the spring, from March to May. The course introduces participants to the fascinating world of breeding bird behavior while enhancing skills needed for quick field identification. Participants will gain a better appreciation and understanding of bird behavior, song, habitats, nesting, parental care, and much more. Great course for all experience levels!

Field Ornithology: Waterfowl

Hooded Merganser by Liam Wolff
Hooded Merganser by Liam Wolff

This 6 week course takes place in the winter, in January and February. The course focuses on the wintering waterfowl, and participants will travel to some of the best places in the CSRA to find them. The last field trip will include an all-day trip to the coast. This is a great course for all birding levels!



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