Birds of Southern California

Discover the unique, amazingly rich diversity of bird life in Southern California.

Photo credit: Dr. C. Yorke, White Pelicans, Salton Sea CA, Feb. 2015

UCLA Extension offers two introductory courses (during Spring and Fall quarters) for the beginning ornithologist. Each of the Autumn Birds of Southern California and Spring Birds of Southern California classes consists of 3 on-campus lectures and 5 field trips. Learn about native bird species while you spend time in the beautiful and diverse biomes located in the Los Angeles-area.

During these classes you will:

Photo credit: Dr. C. Yorke, American Robin, Nov. 2011

  • Learn bird identification, behavior, distribution, ecology and conservation
  • Recognize 50 native species of birds associated with particular ecological communities in Southern California and describe their distribution, behavior, ecology, and conservation status
  • Maintain a personalized life-list of birds and a field notebook detailing your findings
  • Observe birds in the outer coast, riparian-freshwater marsh, chaparral, oak woodland, desert, and montane habitats

This course includes field trips, which involve easy-to-moderate walking for up to two-and-a-half hours, occasionally over uneven terrain. Students must arrange their own transportation to field locations in the Southern California region, including at least two field trips outside of Los Angeles County.

Instructor: Callyn Yorke, PhD

Fall 2017 Quarter:
Autumn Birds of Southern California
Schedule: Saturdays, September 30 through November 18, 2017
-Lectures: 9am-12pm; 9/30, 10/21, & 11/18; UCLA
-Field Trips: 8am-11am; 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, & 11/11; Locations TBA
Fee: $447

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Spring 2018 Quarter:
Spring Birds of Southern California
Spring schedule TBA