Birds of Stanly County, and Beyond!

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Start Date Class Day(s) Wks Fee
01/09/2023 Qms Roadway Technician Recert 4 250.50
01/17/2023 Intro to Asphalt 8 100.50
03/01/2023 Qms Roadway Technician Recert 4 250.50
03/20/2023 Intro to Asphalt 8 100.50
05/01/2023 Qms Roadway Technician Recert 4 250.50
10/17/2022 Intro to Asphalt 8 100.50
10/17/2022 Basic Sign Language M 8 70.50
10/31/2022 QMS Roadway Technician 4 250.50
11/05/2022 Concealed Carry S 1 85.00

Course Description:
This course begins on April 22 and ends May 14. Lecture will be Fridays 6:00PM-7:30PM in the third-floor classroom at the Stanly County Family YMCA. Practicum will be on Saturdays 9:00AM-11:00AM at the following field sites on the specified dates: SCC's Albemarle Campus (April 23), City Lake Park (April 30), Rock Creek Park (May 7), Morrow Mountain State Park (May 14).

This course teaches an introduction to basic bird identification, anatomy, behavior, and ecology as applied to species resident in and/or migratory through Stanly County and surrounding areas. The laboratory section of the course will emphasize the importance of taking field notes in order to learn how to identify birds. Lab sessions will take place outside on Stanly Community College's campus, as well as at nearby city and state parks. As such, participants must be prepared to study in "The Great Outdoors" under a wide range of weather conditions. The final course activity will be class participation in the Global Big Day ( as part of celebrating World Migratory Bird Day ( on May 14, 2022, at sites all around Stanly County, beginning at Morrow Mountain State Park. 10 students are needed for the class to run.

Required: A field notebook; recommended: Rite in the Rain Field Book, Universal, 4 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.

Supplies or Other Requirements: Driver's License and/or ability to carpool to field sites.

Sibley's Birding Basics: How to Identify Birds, Using the Clues in Feathers, Habitats, Behaviors, and Sounds, by David Allen Sibley
Birds of the Carolinas Field Guide and Audio CD Set (2nd edition preferred), by Stan Tekiela, or some sort of field guide to birds.
A pair of binoculars; preferably with 7-8x magnification and 35-42mm objective lenses.

Bryan Sharp
Biology Instructor
(704) 991-0309 or

Mr. Sharp has over 25 years of experience as an ornithologist, including academic field research, bird-banding, sequencing DNA, organizing museum collections, leading bird walks for the public, reviewing reports of bird observations to eBird for the state of Durango, Mexico and organizing the Christmas Bird Count for that same state. He is very excited to offer this class here in Stanly County – a relatively undiscovered birding hotspot!