Bird Talk - Erika Gates
Grand Bahama 'Basic Birding Class' set for November 1st
Oct 15, 2014 - 12:00:48 AM

Freeport, Bahaas - One of the events during our annual International Migratory Bird Celebration at Garden of the Groves is the "Basic Birding Class"!
Over the past 13 years more than 150 residents from the Grand Bahama community have participated in these most enjoyable and educational classes. The program is sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Nature Tours and yours truly will be the instructor. Classes begin Nov. 1st and run for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning at 8 am with two hours theory, followed by two hour fieldtrips.
The primary focus of our birding class is to master the challenge and the process of bird identification. In a classroom setting, the proper use of binoculars is explained, a bird field guide book becomes a trusty companion for identification rather than an overwhelming source of information and the Grand Bahama Birding Checklist turns into a cherished life-long document! Each lesson is followed by the highly anticipated fieldtrip where eyes and ears of novice birders are sensitized to the wonders of nature!
Interested? Be careful! You may just be taking up a rich, lifelong pursuit unlike any other! For more information and registration call Garden of the Groves at 242-374-7778.
Hope to hear from you!
Erika Gates
Cert. Bahamas Birding Guide

Erika Gates is owner of (one of the first Eco-Tour businesses in The Bahamas); co-founder of the Ecotourism Association; a published writer; and a Cacique award winner! Her column Bird Talk will enlighten and educate us about birds of The Bahamas, as well as the importance of Ecology. Erika can be reached at  (242) 373-2485

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