Natural History of Birds
With its wide variety of habitats and its position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC is a bird-lover's paradise. Over 300 distinct resident or migratory species live here or pass through, including many nesting species such as Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, Yellow Warblers, and Baltimore Orioles. You will practice observing distinctive feather patterns, beak and body shapes, and evaluating songs and behaviors to improve your ability to identify species in the field and to use field guides effectively. We'll emphasize the role individual birds play in our ecosystem, while enjoying the unique nature of autumnal birding!
Required textbook: Sibley, David, 2003 The Sibley Field Guide To Birds of Eastern North America, or The Sibley Guide To Birds, Knopf.