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October 12, 2013

Birding class offered by NECC

Northern Essex Community College

Autumn Birds of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island

Sunday, Oct. 20; 9 a.m. to noon

Meet at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge’s parking lot 1 on Plum Island in Newburyport.

Instructor: Sue McGrath, Past President of the Essex County Ornithological Club; founder and program designer at Newburyport Birders

Learn to appreciate the world of birds. During this three-hour class, students will learn about birds in an “outdoor classroom.” This class will provide new birders with the aids needed to begin bird identification — special characteristics, bird behavior and habitat preferences. The group will focus on bird identification techniques.

The class includes walking over gentle terrain at a slow pace. Sturdy footwear is necessary along with a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, insect repellent and sunscreen. Bring a snack and a beverage. Class fee includes interpretive materials. To learn more and to register, call North Shore Community College at 978-762-4000.

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