It’s tough to be a bird! They face arduous challenges every moment of every day. Using only senses and instincts, they must find food, migrate, withstand the weather, and avoid predators – all while competing with each other and countless other species for survival. Now, after evolving for more than 200 million years, birds are challenged by a new set of obstacles resulting from encounters with humans and climate change. How do birds survive in the face of these trials? Guided by expert ornithological research, students will learn how the struggle for survival has shaped birds and their behavior.
Students will learn that birds can navigate via the sun, stars, and even by smell. In noisy environments, birds can change their songs, and their remarkable vision allows them to see into the ultraviolet range. These are just three examples of the amazing abilities of birds! Concepts covered include bird’s foraging behaviors, sensory abilities, how birds fly, migration and navigation, surviving extreme weather, bird communities, adapting to human influences, and much more.
Through this course, you will discover how birds have conquered every environment, and you will gain an understanding of how and why bird populations continue to fall worldwide. Learning about these magnificent creatures and realizing the need for more significant conservation efforts will allow for the continued survival of our feathered neighbors.
This course is applicable towards the following certificate(s):
*Basic Biology for the Classroom
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