Birds of Joshua Tree National Park

Birds of Joshua Tree National Park

Course Number: BIOL X404

1 units

You will learn to identify some of the 230 individual species that have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, and to separate the summer and winter residents from the true migrants. Nesting habits, feeding habits, interrelationships with plant life, and other adaptive strategies are discussed. You will hike a total of approximately four miles during the Saturday and Sunday field trips.

Scheduled at the peak of spring migration, you will have the opportunity to view and identify:

  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson's Warbler
  • MacGillivray's Warbler
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Western Tanager
  • Various Empidonax flycatchers

Some of the summer residents that nest in the area:

  • Scott's Oriole
  • Western Kingbird
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Bendires Thrasher

Year-round residents include:

  • LeConte's Thrasher
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Cactus Wren
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Phainopepla
  • Verdin

Available Sections

Starting Apr 26


Starting Apr 26

Course Fees

No Fee Specified


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 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Apr 26, 2019

Sat 7:30 am-4:30 pm
Apr 27, 2019

Sun 7:15 am-1:15 pm
Apr 28, 2019

3 Meetings

Online Enrollment not available for this course. Please see section notes for instructions on how to enroll.


Joshua Tree National Park Association

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Section Notes:

Students are to register through the Desert Institute at JTNP. 760-367-5535; email or visit

Class hours listed may include travel time to some field locations.




No Textbook Required.


Applicable Certificates

Available Sections


Section No.: 184CPD103

Dates: Apr 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Dates: Apr 27, 2019

Time: 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Dates: Apr 28, 2019

Time: 7:15 am-1:15 pm

Instructor: Kurt Leuschner

Textbook: No Textbook Required

Location: Joshua Tree National Park Association

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