Nature

I.   Bird Watching: A Passion for All Seasons

**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  $59 before March 7**

Bird Watching PictureInstructor: Susie Ruby

Four Sessions: Tuesdays, March 25 and April 1--6:00-8:00 PM; Saturdays, March 29 and April 5--8:30-10:30 AM           

Price: $69—Class limited to 20 students.  

Which birds are migrating south or joining us for the winter?  What kind of equipment do you need?  How do you choose a field guide?  Where can you go birding?  How do you make your own suet cakes?  Bird watching can become a passion and a lifelong hobby.  Whether you want to learn about the birds at your feeders or you want to venture beyond the backyard, this class will give you the skills and confidence for bird watching. Learn to identify birds by their field marks, behavior, vocalizations, habitat and season.  We will review field guides, how to choose binoculars, the ethics of bird watching and where to bird.  We will also discuss differences in bird seed and feeders with an optional visit to a local nature store. 

Susie Ruby graduated from OSU with a master’s degree in Outdoor Recreation.  She is a Certified Heritage Interpreter and is retired from a career as Interpretive Naturalist at Oxley Nature Center.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.   

 

II.   Bird Watching: An Introduction to the Vocalizations of Songbirds

**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  $59 before March 21**

 Vocalizations of SongbirdsInstructor: Susie Ruby

Three Sessions: Tuesdays, April 8 and 15--6:00-8:00 PM

Price: $69—Class limited to 20 students.  

 

What are sonograms and mnemonics?  Why do woodpeckers drum?

Birds use songs and calls to communicate about territory danger and food, but they also sing to mates, family members, and birds of the same species.  some birds hatch knowing their songs, and some learn from their parents.

When we cannot see a bird, knowledge of bird vocalizations makes for a fun and challenging identification game.  This class will introduce you to the skills required to identify bird songs and calls.  Learning vocalizations can be challenging, but knowledge of even just a few favorite songs can be incredibly rewarding.

Susie Ruby graduated from OSU with a master’s degree in Outdoor Recreation.  She is a Certified Heritage Interpreter and is retired from a career as Interpretive Naturalist at Oxley Nature Center.  She is a member of the Oklahoma Ornithological Society.   

 

III.   Priceless Plant Knowledge for the Oklahoma Gardener

**EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $159 before January 17**

Plant KnowledgeInstructor: Derek R. McCall

Eight Sessions: Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 12 (Two Saturday sessions to be determined by class discussion)

Price: $169—Class limited to 20 students.  

Do you know the best plants to grow for our crazy Oklahoma weather?  Plants suitable for Oklahoma sometimes have to withstand tornadoes, flooding, droughts, and ice storms—all at the same time!  This class will discuss the plants that thrive here, how to plant them, and how to maintain them.  Lecture topics will include “Tough Trees for Oklahoma,” “Sun and Shade Perennials Every Garden Should Have,” “Edible Ornamentals for your Landscape,” “Basic Garden Maintenance,” “Sustainable Lawn Alternatives,” and “Pest Management Basics.” Two additional field trips will allow students to explore these topics on the local terrain.

Derek R. McCall, owner of the Tulsa-based DRM Design Group, has a broad range of experience from working with Landscape Architecture firms in Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Asheville, Austin, and Beijing, China.  He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture and has since worked on projects around the world, gaining inspiration from his travels.  His passion for plants, specifically native flora, was cultured while working at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.  Derek believes that thoughtful use of local sustainable materials and low-impact development are essential to producing a project that fits well into the surrounding environment.  His core philosophy is that design should be simple and graceful, amplifying not lessening the beauty of nature.  Derek has gain valuable experience working on residential, commercial, community and resort projects from their initial planning stages through construction.