Birding class set at refuge

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.comAugust 22, 2013 

Take a break from the hot sun this Saturday and learn about bird-watching, during a workshop being held at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge.

An Introduction to Birding will begin at 10 a.m. in the multi-purpose room of the refuge visitor center, 7376 S. Wolfsen Road and is free to the public.

"The purpose of this workshop is for people who haven't really bird-watched before to learn how to get started," said Jack Sparks, outdoor recreation planner for the San Luis NWR.

The session will focus on things bird-watchers need to know when beginning the recreational activity and how to identify many of the bird species that San Luis NWR and the surrounding areas have throughout the year.

During the late summer and early fall, migratory birds such as duck, geese, sandhill crane and many other birds that spend all summer in the arctic region are coming in for the winter, Sparks explained.

The workshop will also talk about good places to spot the birds and other useful tips.

The session will last one to two hours long. For more information contact the San Luis NWR at (209) 826-3508.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) or e-mail

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