Beginning on Friday evening, this course will examine the important role of these stopover areas in the conservation of neotropical migrant birds and introduce the techniques used to identify the common families of birds found in the vicinity of the Desert Studies Center. On Saturday, students travel by car to various migrant bird traps near Death Valley including Baker, Shoshone, Tecopa, and China Ranch. Sunday’s activities center around the Desert Studies Center where more than 175 bird species have already been recorded. This field study is based at the Desert Studies Center (of California State University) located within the Preserve at Soda Springs (Zzyzx), about a three-hour drive from Joshua Tree. The course fee includes two nights’ lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Upon enrollment, you will be sent detailed information about the Center and what to bring.
This class earns 2 college units from University of California, Riverside Extension.
For more information and registration, please go to joshuatree.org