Course DescriptionAn introductory field course in ornithology, focused primarily on the naturally occurring avifauna of Southern California. Emphasis is placed on bird identification, behavior, distribution, ecology, and conservation. Students successfully completing this course are able to list at least 50 native species of bird associated with specific ecological communities in Southern California and describe their distribution, behavior and conservation status. A field notebook is required. Students also initiate and maintain a personalized life list of birds. A series of 5 Saturday morning field trips are planned to observe and discuss birds of the outer coast, riparian-freshwater marsh, oak woodland, desert, and montane communities. Students must arrange their own transportation to field locations in the Southern California region, including at least 2 field trips outside of Los Angeles County. Field Trips involve easy to moderate walking for up to 2.5 hrs, occasionally over uneven terrain. The Fall quarter class includes some different field locations and different bird species than the Spring quarter class.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Study Abroad at UCLA Program : Required