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Course Schedule


 

 

 

2018 Lecture schedule (subject to change)

 

Wednesdays beginning March 28.  7:30-9:30pm in the main auditorium of the Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY.  From 6:30 - 7:30 there are optional video presentations. All lectures are by Steve Kress unless otherwise noted. The Wild Birds Unlimited store at Sapsucker Woods will be open during evening lectures, and they provide bird-friendly coffee for our coffee breaks.  All SFO students receive a 10% discount on all non-sale purchases at Wild Birds Unlimited during the class. 

**Please note: The 6:30 presentations are optional. 



March 28

6:30  Special presentation:  Birding the Cayuga Basin  intro with Kevin McGowan
7:30  Winter Resident Bird ID   
8:30  Seabird Restoration 

April 4 

6:30   optional video An Original DUCKumentary 
7:30  Waterfowl identification
8:30   eBird 101 with Ian Davies

Tuesday, April 10 (night trip for lecture class, field trip students invited too)
7:15 pm, Woodcock/Owl field trip

April 11

6:30 TBD
7:30 Hawk and Owl ID
8:30 Bird Migration 

April 18

6:30  MOVIE: The Life of Birds: Signals and Songs
7:30  Shorebird ID with Dr. Kevin McGowan 
8:30 Eggs and Nests - Robyn Bailey, NestWatch Coordinator

April 25

6:30:  MOVIE: Pale Male
7:30:  Early Landbird Migrant ID
8:30:   Bird Song and Courtship 

May 2

6:30  MOVIE: The Central Park Effect
7:30  Late Landbird Migrant ID  

8:30   Neotropical songbird conservation - Dr. Amanda Rodewald, Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology  

May 9

6:30  MOVIE: Watching Warblers
7:30  Warbler and vireo ID  
8:30  Skins Lab: A Visit to the Cornell Museum of Vertebrates


May 16

6:30 optional video: Opposable Chums: Guts and Glory at the World Series of Birding
7:30 How Birds Can Save the World: Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
8:30 Beyond Birding


Field trip schedule  

 

Saturday and Sunday trips leave the Lab of Ornithology at 7am unless otherwise noted.  Students enroll for either Saturday OR Sunday field trip sessions and there is no switching of days once the course begins. On days when an all day trip (7am-4pm) is offered, a regular morning trip (7-11am) is always offered. Groups are organized by birding ability (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and students stay with the same group throughout the course (leaders change). Please bring binoculars and a field guide to all outings. You can also bring a spotting scope if you have one.

Mrch 31/April 1

7-11am  Sapsucker Woods and vicinity

April 7, 8
7-11am Local wetlands 


Tuesday, April 10 (night trip for lecture class, field trip students invited too)
7:15 pm, Woodcock/Owl field trip


April 14, 15 
7-11am Local upland habitats

April 21, 22

7am-4pm all day trip to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Seneca Falls, NY 
Bring a non-perishable bag lunch and a drink
 
 OR

 

Overnight trip to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge (additional fee and registration required). Meet at the Lab at 7:00am, return at 5:00pm on Sunday.
Bring a non-perishable bag lunch and a drink for both Saturday and Sunday
 
OR

 

7-11am local trip (nearby habitats; will not go to Montezuma)

April 28, 29
7am - 4pm all day trip to Derby Hill Hawk Watch. 
Bring a non-perishable bag lunch and a drink
  OR
7-11am local trip (nearby habitats; will not go to Derby Hill)

May 5, 6
All day trip to  Braddock Bay Bird Observatory to participate in bird banding. 
Groups will depart at 4am, 5:30am and 7am and return in the afternoon.  Please bring a non-perishable bag lunch and a drink
 OR

7-11am local trip

May 12-13
Weekend trip to Cape May, NJ. Bus departs on  Saturday at 5:30 returns 10pm on Sunday. See "Cape May Trip" page. 
  OR
7-11am local trip on Saturday or Sunday

May 19, 20
7am - 4pm day trip to Greensprings and Arnot Forest. Bring a non-perishable bag lunch and a drink
  OR
7-11am local trip to local habitats

Meeting time and place for Arnot trip TBA

 

For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions or contact Marc Devokaitis, SFO Course Coordinator at 607-254-2165 or sfoclass@cornell.edu.