Programs explore birding, tracking

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A trio of outdoor programs are being offered in the Sandpoint area with Brian Baxter, a local outdoor education specialist. Programs include:

• March 18 — NIC campus in Sandpoint is offering “Birds of Winter,” a look into birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and songbirds. This class will be instructed by Brian Baxter, outdoor education specialist, and participants will visit two of the best winter birding sites in North Idaho. Brian and Don Jones, well known outdoor photographer, had an article published in the 2017 winter issue of Sandpoint Magazine entitled, “Wings of Winter.”

To register for this class: see the Northern Idaho College Sandpoint Campus website, email theresa.cruz@nic.edu, or call Terry Cruz, at 208-769-3296.

For more information on the day, call Brian at: 406-291-2154. There are a few slots open to get in on this excellent winter birding class.

• April 1 — Friends of Scotchman Peaks will present “ Winter Birding,” with field ornithologist Brian Baxter. Brian and outdoor photographer Don Jones combined for an excellent article “Wings of Winter” in Sandpoint Magazines 2017 winter issue. Focus will be on birds of prey, waterfowl, woodpeckers, and songbirds.

The class will meet in Heron, Mont., and wrap up around 3 p.m. To register, see the description on the website, scotchmanpeaks.org, email: sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org, or call: 208-290-1281.

Come prepared with binoculars, lunch, and bird book.

• April 8 — “Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation,” will be offered by Friends of Scotchman Peaks out of Heron, Mont. The class is taught by Brian Baxter, local tracking instructor, and participants will learn how to spot, analyze, and interpret tracks, sign, and scat of diverse wildlife and birds.

To see the description, and to register for this class, go to scotchmanpeaks.org, contact Sandy Compton at sandy@scotchmanpeaks.org or call 208-290-1281.

Questions on the class itself can be directed to Brian at: b_baxter53@yahoo.com or call him at: 406-291-2154

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