Master Birding Program

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society sometimes offers Master Birding workshops for experienced birders who would like to go to the next level of knowledge and identification within a unique group of birds.  Specific topics for each group may include Migration, Identification (in flight and when perched), Behavior, Distribution and Population Trends, and Conservation Goals.  Each workshop will include some classroom instruction, but the majority of the class will emphasize field experiences.

Applicants must be PVAS “Birding 101” graduates or have commensurate birding experience (3 or more years of birding) to participate.  A goal during the field trips is to have the participants doing the bulk of the identifications so others in the group will all learn collectively.

After successful completion of a “baseline” set of workshops in this series, an “Master Birder”
certificate will be awarded to successful students. Planned workshops include Raptors, Warblers (Spring and Fall), Bird Song, Gulls, and Shorebirds. 

For more information about the Master Birding Program, contact Krista Hawley (

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              P.O. Box 578 • Shepherdstown, West Virginia 25443
              phone // 304-676-3397

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Kristin Alexander, Executive Director //   304-676-3397

Kimberly Baldwin, Program Director //

Katelyn "KC" Walters, Conservation and Land Manager // 304-283-7319

Krista Hawley, Adult Program Coordinator
// 703-303-1026

Amy Moore, Cool Spring Preserve Manager and Naturalist // 240-818-4714
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