Bone up on birds. Portland Audubon hosts weekly, hourlong digital courses. The next few weeks are all about winter raptors, sparrows, bird songs, LBJs (those hard-to-identify “little brown jobs,” as birders call them) and birding hot spots in the Portland metro area. Each session costs $30 for Audubon nonmembers. Visit audubonportland.org to learn more.
Go dark. Explore the wonders of natural darkness and the ecological consequences of light pollution — not just for migrating birds that use the stars for navigation, but also for mammals, amphibians, fish, plants and even people. Mary Coolidge, Portland Audubon’s BirdSafe campaign coordinator, will speak about preserving dark skies in a program hosted by the East Cascades Audubon Society of Bend, Ore.
“Back to the Night: Why Preserving the Stars is Not Just for the Birds” is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 20. To get the Zoom link, visit ecaudubon.org.
Map your fantasy. Draw your very own imaginary-country map in the second of two sessions hosted by the Camas Public Library.
The class will “coach participants on the various kinds of landmarks you see on maps in fantasy books,” programming coordinator Ellen Miles said by email.
A tip about getting into GeoGuessr: the only way to play the game without signing up for an account is apparently by typing “Geoguessr.com/free” into your browser. (geoguessr.com/free). That gives you a limited, 2D map (which is good enough for me) but if you sign up you’ll get betters views and more complete maps. Pay a small price to get even more access.