Introduction to Spring Birds of Northern California

Birds are colorful, visible and active, and the diversity of birds in California is higher than in any other state or province in North America. Learn about these remarkable creatures and experience the beauty of Northern California during spring migration. Designed for novice to intermediate birders, this course introduces you to the fascinating natural history and ecology of Northern California birds. Three field trips are designed to introduce the major habitats of central California including: the bays and beaches of the coast, the riparian woodlands and grasslands of the Central Valley, and the forests and woodlands of the Sierra Nevada. Learn to identify birds in the wild focusing on yearlong residents, spring/summer breeding species and spring migrants. The lecture preceding each field trip focuses on the ecology of the habitats on the following field trip. Enrollment is limited to 13 students to ensure personal interaction with the instructor in the field. This course complements the companion course, Introduction to Fall Birds of Northern California, taught in the fall.
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