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Migrant Treasure Hunt:

      The Central Valley

Advanced Birding Class, Golden Gate Audubon Society  

Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

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Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes

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Prepare for the migrant treasure hunt and sharpen your birding skills by better understanding local bird distribution patterns in time and space. Through this 3-week advanced class we’ll review how seasonal changes in various Bay Area habitats influence the birds you’ll expect to find in the field, with a strong emphasis on birdsong and bird behaviour. You’ll get practical birding tips on what to look for throughout the seasons when “hunting” for migratory birds. At the end of this course you’ll be better prepared to find local migrant and vagrant birds with confidence. Moreover, the principles you’ll learn regarding bird distribution in relation to seasonal changes and habitats apply to any place you may explore around the world.



Class Materials 

Selected Readings & Resources

Migrant Treasure Hunt Introduction

Avian MIgration Ecology

& Vagrancy

Birdsong & Birding by Ear

Migrant Treasure Hunt: Spring

Class Outline

April 26-May 21, 2016

 - 3 Tue. Evening Classes

  - 3 Sat. Field Trips


 GGAS Members: $ 90

  Non-Members:    $110


Limited to 20 participants

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Juan-Carlos Solis


Class Materials

I.  Classroom Session: Introduction

II. Classroom Session: Bird Migration & Vagrancy

III. Classroom Session: Bird Migration (Cont.) / Shorebirds

IV. Classroom Session: Waterfowl / Seabirds

Migrant Treasure Hunt Selected Readings and Resources

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