Birds of the Mojave Desert

Birds of the Mojave Desert

Course Number: BIOL X404.2

2 units

Beginning on Friday evening, this course examines the important role of these stopover areas in the conservation of neotropical migrant birds and introduces 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.

Available Sections

Starting Oct 5


Starting Oct 5

Course Fees



Kurt Leuschner [ bio ]

close [x] Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert. His specialties include ornithology, entomology and desert ecology, and he has led hundreds of field trips both locally and as far afield as Africa. Mr. Leuschner also teaches natural history courses for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and conservation organizations.


Fri 8:00 pm-10:00 pm
Oct 5, 2018

Sat 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Oct 6, 2018

Sun 7:30 am-12:30 pm
Oct 7, 2018

3 Meetings


Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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Section Notes:

$355 Credit/ $275 each for non-creditRefund deadline: Sept 26).  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 Riverside. 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. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are desirable but not required. Visitors not permitted. Vertebrate course for Certificates in Field and Desert Ecology


"National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Jon Dunn & Jonathan Alderfer
ISBN: 9781426208287


No Prerequisites for this course

Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 182CPD200

Dates: Oct 5, 2018

Time: 8:00 pm-10:00 pm

Dates: Oct 6, 2018

Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Dates: Oct 7, 2018

Time: 7:30 am-12:30 pm

Instructor: Kurt Leuschner

Textbook: Optional
"National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America"
Jon Dunn & Jonathan Alderfer
ISBN: 9781426208287

Location: Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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