Although the spring season is underway as our new quarter begins, we’ll review causes and results for migration, courtship and other activities of bird behavior.
We will continue learning about body systems such as the endocrine and nervous systems. Vocal and mechanical bird sounds will be demonstrated and linked to actions for both migrant and resident species such as chicken-like birds, water-birds, wrens, thrushes, warblers and sparrows.
Classroom time will include review and discussion of our field trip results and significant bird happenings, both local and worldwide. Workshop activities and slide shows are included with opportunities for students to share both their photos and good ideas.
Destinations and directions will be announced prior to outings.
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: 4/26
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.