ATTENTION: Field Ornithology has been postponed until the Fall of 2020. Check back soon for dates!
Tuesday evening lectures: March 17 and 31, April 14and 28, May 12
Saturday morning field trips: March 21, April 4 and 18, May 12 and 16
Audience: Adults, children 14+
Join the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Josh Haas from Hawks on the Wing for the 12th annual Field Ornithology Course! This engaging, hands-on learning experience will help you learn more about the fascinating world of birds and improve your bird watching and identification skills. Each two-part lecture will include talks from a state or local scientist/expert followed by an identification lesson led by Josh. Josh’s dynamic teaching style will encourage students to take information shared in the classroom outside in the field!
The Field Ornithology Course is a 5-week course for adults and open to the general public. Lectures are Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm and cover topics including bird identification, natural history, behavior, conservation, and more.
Field trips are Saturday mornings, 8-11am. The trips are led by knowledgeable, local birders and visit area birding hotspots including the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kellogg Forest, Lux Arbor, and areas around Gull Lake.
|Lectures only||Field Trips only||Both|
Space is limited and fills up quickly!
Registration is now open and closes March 13 2020!
Register online at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/FieldOrnithology2020/
For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email email@example.com
2020 COURSE SCHEDULE
Field Ornithology Course Schedule
|Tuesday Lectures||Topic||Saturday Field Trips||Location|
|Week 1||March 17||Welcome! - Lisa Duke, KBS|
Ornithology 101, The Art of Birding - Lisa Duke, KBS
Advanced Track - Shorebirds- emphasis on inland birds likely to be seen in this area
|March 21||Kellogg Biological Station grounds and Wintergreen Lake|
|Week 2||March 31||Lecture: How science has transformed our understanding about the feats and challenges of migratory birds -Jennifer Owen Ph.D. MSU|
ID: Early Migrant Perching Birds (Passerines)
|April 4||Wintergreen Lake, Gull Lake, and area wetlands|
|Week 3||April 14||Lecture: Billion Birds Gone: How small changes make big impacts - Lisa Duke, KBS|
ID: Raptors in Flight
|April 18||Local upland and lake habitats|
|Week 4||April 28||Lecture: Making Scents: How birds use odors to communicate - Danielle Whittaker Ph.D. MSU|
ID: Birds of the Local Forests
|May 2||Local upland and forest habitats|
|Week 5||May 12||Lecture: Feather Pigmentation... What Makes Warblers So Colorful- |
Jeffrey Mckelvey Ph.D. Aquinas College
ID: Warblers and Birdsong ID technique
|May 16||Upland and grassland habitats|