Observing Birds of Prey
Photo: Turkey Vultures Horaltic Pose by Steve Schubert
Learn about the biology, classification, migration, predatory behaviors and prey preferences of locally occurring birds-of-prey, both year-round resident and seasonally overwintering raptors. Study flight and predatory adaptations. Learn to identify and recognize the diagnostic visual field marks useful in identification of species of Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Ospreys, Kites, Harriers, Accipiters, Vultures, and Owls.
Virtual guided field trip to birding locations on the Central Coast, including Morro Rock - home of the famous nesting Peregrine falcons – and associated coastal estuary and salt marsh, then inland to grasslands and grazing pastures, shrublands, oak and streamside woodlands, forests, and freshwater lakes where raptors frequent hunting, overwintering, and nesting habitats.
DATES: 1 Saturday: February 13, 2021
TIME: 9:00 - 10:30am
MODE OF DELIVERY: Live Remote - Zoom; Lecture & guided virtual field trip
INSTRUCTOR: Steve Schubert
QUESTIONS: Contact instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805-440-9390
|Meet the instructor|
Steve attended college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and received a Master’s degree in Field Biology and a Life Sciences Secondary Teaching Credential. He taught high school biology and earth sciences for several years, has taught natural history courses for Cuesta College Community Programs more than 25 years and works as a naturalist instructor at a local residential outdoor school program called Camp KEEP (Kern Environmental Education Program), attended by more than 3,000 6th grade students each school year.
He served on the committee that published the book “Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo” and the eBook “Plants of the Carrizo Plain”. Steve authored the book entitled “The Peregrine Falcons of Morro Rock – A 50-year History”, available at Amazon.com. He is past-President of Morro Coast Audubon Society and is the Volunteer Coordinator of the Hi Mountain Lookout Project (www.facebook.com/condorlookout), a restored fire lookout in Los Padres National Forest where volunteers and college interns radiotrack the movements of California Condors and conduct biological field research projects. He has been a speaker and field trip leader for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival each year since its inception more than 20 years ago.
Steve enjoys kayaking, running, biking, hiking, playing basketball, and wildlife and landscape photography (photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/12571965@N07