Spring Birds of Southern California

BIOLGY X 401.20
This introductory field course in ornithology focuses on the naturally occurring avifauna of Southern California during springtime. Emphasis is placed on bird identification, behavior, distribution, ecology and conservation.
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What you can learn.

  • Apply basic skills of bird identification in the field
  • Demonstrate the proper use of optical equipment, e.g. binocular and spotting scope, in the field
  • List at least 50 native species of birds associated with particular ecological communities in Southern California
  • Describe Southern Californian birds’ distribution, behavior, ecology, and conservation status
  • Develop and maintain a well-annotated field notebook containing first-hand observations of the birds
  • Compare and contrast five distinct ecological communities in Southern California

About this course:

This introductory field course in ornithology focuses primarily on the naturally occurring avifauna of Southern California. Emphasis is placed on bird identification, behavior, distribution, ecology and conservation. Students successfully completing the course are able to list at least 50 native species of birds associated with particular ecological communities in Southern California and describe their distribution, behavior, ecology, and conservation status. Students initiate and maintain a personalized life-list of birds. A field notebook and binoculars are required. The course comprises five Saturday morning field trips and three lecture meetings at UCLA. Field trips are planned to observe and discuss the birds of the outer coast, riparian-freshwater marsh, chaparral, oak woodland, desert, and montane communities. Field trips involve easy-to-moderate walking for up to two-and-a-half hours, occasionally over uneven terrain. Students must arrange their own transportation to field locations in the Southern California region, including at least two field trips outside of Los Angeles County.

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