Bird Life of the Eastern Mojave: Spring Migration

Course Number: BIOL X404.21


2 units

This weekend course begins with a Friday evening discussion on the diversity and natural history of birds in arid environments. On Saturday, participants visit oases at Baker, Salt Creek, Shoshone, Tecopa Marsh, and the Amargosa River. Casual hikes around the Desert Studies Center afford further opportunities to observe birds during early morning hours and at dusk. Beginners learn field observation and identification techniques. Experienced birders can expand their life lists.

Available Sections

Starting May 4


Starting May 4

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, Sat, Sun 7:00 am-10:00 pm
May 4 - May 6, 2018

Fri. 8-10 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., & 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., May 4-6. Refund deadline Apr. 27. If enrolling for non-credit please $245 call in.

3 Meetings


Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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Section Notes:

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. Refund request deadline: Apr. 27.



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Jon L. Dunn
ISBN: 0792253140

"A Field Guide to Warblers of North America"
Jon L. Dunn & Kimball Garrett
ISBN: 0395783216

"Introduction to California Birdlife"
Jules Evens & Ian Tait
ISBN: 0520242548

"Sibley's Birding Basics"
David Allen Sibley
ISBN: 0375709665

"The Birder's Handbook: A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds"
Paul Ehrlich
ISBN: 0671659898


No Prerequisites for this course

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