birdwatching class will be offered May 12 |

birdwatching class will be offered May 12

Staff reports

A beginning birdwatching class will be offered by Western Nevada Community College this month.

The class will be taught by Jacks Valley resident Linda Hiller and Carson City resident Jack Walters. Hiller has written the wildlife column, View From Jacks Valley, for The Record-Courier since 1994 and has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Washington.

Walters is a well-respected area bird expert, currently working on a book about Nevada birds. Both have led many birding trips and enjoy spreading the easily-learned skills of bird watching.

The class will include a 2-hour classroom session, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, location to be announced (either at Douglas High School or WNCC, Douglas.)

A half-day Saturday or Sunday field trip, date to be announced in class, will follow, so students can put their book learning into field learning.

Cost for the class is $30 and a good field guide, preferably with a map of each species’ range on the same page as the bird, is required. Recommended books include the National Geographic field guide to birds of North America and the Golden Book field guide to birds of North America.

For information on book selection or questions about the class, call Hiller at 782-5121.

To sign up for this non-credit community service class, go to the WNCC-Douglas Campus, 1680 Bently Parkway South, off Buckeye Road in Minden. The deadline for enrollment is May 12. For more information, call 782-2413.