Examine the evolutionary relationships of birds and the theories behind their scientific classification. How are hawks different from owls? Are all of those warblers really that different from each other? Topics include the origin and geographic distribution of birds, how they diversified, how relationships between birds are determined, and the role of ornithologists in describing bird relationships. Observation in local habitats will link bird distribution with the common bird families in the region.
Instructor: John Elliott, interpretive specialist
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors; please dress for the weather in each section and wear sturdy footwear. Limit 15.
Recommended text: The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior by David Allen Sibley.
Certificate information: Ornithology Certificate Requirement (was Natural History of Birds: Evolution); Naturalist Certificate Elective; Woodland Stewardship Elective (15 hours)
3 Wednesdays, October 8-22, 6:00-9:00 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, October 11-18, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum.
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