Join us as we learn about birds and look for them in our community, mostly around North Park. We will discuss bird behavior, feeding, identification and migration (or the lack thereof), and hope to spot rare birds who are only passing through our area during migration.
This course will meet at North Park. Members are responsible for their own transportation. The trails are level and easy to navigate. Each class students will walk between a quarter and a half of a mile on mostly level terrain.
Instructors: Steve Benson earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in higher education from Geneva College. At La Roche University he is the Assistant Director of Mission and Ministry.
Mr. Benson is a Senior Instructor with L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program, where he frequently leads birding groups on and off the lake. For the last 18 years, he has been a co-curricular and experiential educator in a variety of settings and institutions.
Mr. Benson has led countless team-building activities, wilderness experiences and community-service activities, and he believes hands-on experience is critical to the learning process.
He and his wife, Jill, live in Allison Park with their children: Oliver (9), Lucille (7) and Cinder (labradoodle).
Elisabeth Short is a senior instructor with L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program, developing youth and adult programming. After graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in recreation, parks and tourism management, she lived up and down the East Coast before returning to Pennsylvania and reuniting with her birding team, The Loonatics. She enjoys traveling (and birding!) all over the United States and abroad with her husband, Scott.