Learn to recognize behaviors and features of birds during Birding 101 at the Tulpehaking Nature Center. (Photo by Mary Anne Borge)

Do you aspire to take to the sky, but feel overwhelmed when identifying a bird out in the field? The Tulpehaking Nature Center is offering a beginner birdwatching series that will help you hone your skills while studying in the Abbott Marshlands. The Birding 101 Series will take place on Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 8 to 10 a.m.

In this four-part series, local expert Bill “Birdman” Pitman will help you develop the basic skills and knowledge essential for becoming a great birdwatcher. With Bill’s guidance, participants will practice using binoculars and identifying birds by shape, size, behavior and habitat. By building this solid foundation, you will be able to experience more of the bird instead of missing out while consulting your field guide.

Most time will be spent outdoors in the field; dress accordingly. The Park Commission will have binoculars available to borrow, or you may bring your own.

This workshop is $5 per session or $15 for the series if paid in full on the first day of class. This series is appropriate for teens and adults. Pre-registration is required; call (609) 888-3218 or register online.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton. It is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, go to mercercountyparks.org.