Learn about Sacramento’s winter birds

Two sandhill cranes
Two sandhill cranes Sacramento Bee

Effie Yeaw Nature Center in Carmichael is launching a series of classes next week to help people identify birds that frequent the Sacramento area in winter.

While many of the area’s resident birds fly south for the winter, many other birds make the Sacramento region their winter destination. The classes focus on identifying many of these birds by sight and sound, including songbirds, waterfowl and shorebirds.

The series includes three Wednesday evening classroom sessions, starting Jan. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and three field sessions on Saturdays, starting Jan. 10, each lasting starting at 8 a.m. and lasting at least four hours.

The classroom sessions will be held at Effie Yeaw Nature Center, located at Sacramento County’s Ancil Hoffman Park along the American River, at 2850 San Lorenzo Way, in Carmichael. The first field session is at Ancil Hoffman Park, and the others will require driving to different locations.

The classes are led by Ed Harper, a retired American River College math teacher who is an authority on the area’s birds and a board member of Western Field Ornithologists.

The series costs $120 per person. Access to the classroom sessions only is available for $60 per person. Discounts are available to members of the American River Natural History Association.

For more information, call (916) 489-4918 or visit: www.sacnaturecenter.net/ssbirdsofwinter.html.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.