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An Introduction to Seabirds CEXTN013-202260

May 31, 2022 - Jun 22, 2022

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Tuesdays, 5/31/2022-6/21/2022, 6:00-7:30pm online
Saturday, June 4, 8:30 -11 am at Crissy Field 
Saturday, June 18, 8:30-12:30 pm at Lands End
An Introduction to Seabirds

Instructor: Peter Winch

This is a hybrid course, taught online through Zoom and Canvas, Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm. There will be two field trips meeting Saturday mornings.

This course will provide a compelling introduction into the wild world of seabirds. Focusing mainly on local species, it intends to leave participants with a good knowledge of the variety of ocean birds and the threats they face in the world’s oceans. The lecturer will be drawing on his wide experience working as a biologist and naturalist on seabird colonies around the Pacific, to provide an inspiring study of these amazingly hardy animals and the ever-changing marine habitat they call home.

Our first field trip will be to Crissy Field looking at seabirds in the Bay and the Crissy Field Lagoon.  This is a great area to see gulls, loons, grebes and shorebirds. Our second field trip will be to Lands End. The elevation afforded by the cliffs at Lands End, San Francisco provide a unique chance to look down and spot some of the seabird species we will be introducing on this course, like Common Murres, Surf Scoters and Pigeon Guillemots.

Students will need a computer or smart phone with webcam and microphone, internet and web streaming capacity, and the Zoom application installed to their device. A device to capture images (digital camera, smart phone, or tablet, etc.) is helpful, but not required.

Instructor Bio:
Peter Winch graduated from Plymouth University in England with an honors degree in Environmental Science.  After graduating he spent three years with the ocean conservation direct action group Sea Shepherd.  Peter has worked as a seabird biologist in Alaska, the Northwest Hawaiian islands, Mexico, Oregon and California for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Biological Survey. He has been working as an education specialist for the Greater Farallones Association for 17 years, and as an interpretive naturalist for Oceanic Society Expeditions for 19 years, leading expeditions to the Farallon Islands, Florida, British Columbia, Belize and Baja California, Mexico.  He is a surfer, diver and a published author of “The Giant Ocean Coloring Book.”  Peter completed the Master Birding course at California Academy of Science in 2019.  He also volunteers for the Ocean Film Festival and does volunteer habitat restoration for the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

Materials list for students:
Bird guide (Sibley or National Geographic Guide to North American Birds)

What to bring for field trips:
Crissy Field is flat with some walking on a sandy beach, Land's End is a bit more rocky and you may want a walking stick.

Warm layered outdoor clothing with a waterproof jacket in case of rain
Walking shoes