This winter’s session will be focused on themes such as molt sequences in orders of birds, mechanisms and characteristics of feathers, including refraction and iridescence, and special functions.
In anticipation of the comings and goings of birds in spring, we will also examine causes and complications of bird migration. We will continue reviewing how to identify selected bird groups, especially those we expect to see on field trips. During classroom time, we will review and discuss findings on our field trips, as well as significant bird happenings both local and worldwide. Slides and workshop events will be a regular part of sessions with opportunities for students to share their photos and good ideas. Field trip destinations and directions will be announced prior to outing.
Requirement(s): Physically able to participate in planned activities.
Note(s): When field trips are planned for greater distances, session time will be doubled, either 8:15-12:15 or 10:15-2:15.
No Class: 2/15
Instructor Bio: Phil Gordon, a retired biology teacher, has taught bird classes for over 40 years. An active birder and popular instructor, along with his wife Pat, as a regular participant and leader to Audubon Society field trips. They are compilers for the Hayward-Fremont Christmas Bird Count. He continues to share with students, including photographically, experiences related to birds locally and in the natural world at large – Arctic to Temperate to Neotropic, even (recently) to subAntarctic. Field trips and workshops are coordinated to focus on birding skills and learning aspects of the natural history and biology of birds and their protection.