Birds of Joshua Tree National Park*                           

(UCR Credit: 1 unit)


Friday, April 28, 6 pm – 8 pm, Saturday, April 29, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm, Sunday, April 30, 7 am – 12 pm

Meet at: Black Rock Visitor Center
Fee: $135 members $145 non members
Credit Fee: $185 members $195 non members
Instructor: Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor, College of the Desert
Hike Level: Easy to Moderate

The deceptively barren Mojave Desert landscape is home and resting grounds for numerous endemic and migratory bird species. Joshua trees do not make a typical forest, the landscape is open, the climate dry and vegetation relatively sparse. Despite this, over 240 species of birds have been recorded in Joshua Tree National Park! Kurt Leuschner, Professor of College of the Desert, Palm Desert, will guide this three-day field class through the Mojave and Colorado Deserts to identify common and rare birds. Leuschner’s focus will be on identifying individual species and separating summer and winter residents from true migrants. He will discuss nesting and feeding habits, interactions with plant life, and adaptive strategies. Participants will have the thrill of identifying the park’s common spring bird species, better understand the role each plays in the high desert ecosystem, and have the chance of sighting rare species like the Pinyon Jay, Prairie Falcon, or Lawrence’s Goldfinch.

Download the course outline:  Birds of JTNP Outline – Sp 2017

Please review this pdf package that contains pertinent information about your class, the Joshua Tree National Park, camping reservations and lodging in the area around the park:  enrollment attachments.

If you are a member of JTNPA/PINE you will get a $10 discount off every Desert Institute class. If you are not a member you can become one here.

Please take the time to review our General Class Information and Fitness Levels before registering.


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