Birdwatching and Photography Essentials


How to Become a Better Birder and Bird Photographer


Join Susan Puder, nature and wildlife photographer with over 30 years’ experience and avid birder, as she introduces birding basics and build upon your knowledge of bird identification, spring migration, raptors of NJ, and birding year-round in New Jersey as well as how to take better photographs of birds. This six-week class concludes with a field trip to Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge so participants can practice their new birding and photography skills. This class is designed for people new to birding or want to increase their knowledge for identification and locating birds in New Jersey. **Seating is limited**

Participants should bring their own field guides to benefit the most from this class.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 14 – February 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Location: Tuesdays
712 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050  


Field Trip Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 (FOUL weather date: Sunday, February 22, 2020)
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm         
Saturday Field Trip Location: Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

Cost: $150


About the instructor:

Susan Puder has been a serious nature and wildlife photographer for over 30 years, using Nikon equipment. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and throughout New Jersey, winning many photo competitions including the New Jersey Federation of Camera Club’s TOPS in New Jersey. Her work has been published in Digital Imaging and AAA World magazines, local newspapers, and other local publications. She is Field Contributor to Nature Photographer Magazine, with articles published in six issues. She is both a judge and presenter for the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs. She has been an instructor at the Pinelands Short Course at Stockton University for the last 5 years and does programs on birding throughout New Jersey.

Susan is a dedicated environmentalist who supports the preservation of open lands and wildlife. As  an avid birder, she started in 2008 the Sothern Ocean Birding Group, located at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, New Jersey. She is a Certified Volunteer Master Naturalist from Stockton University, and is on the Board of Trustees for Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.