For the Birds Mini-Course Descriptions
Session 8: Birds of Prey
Among the most capable predators in the world, birds of prey fascinate us with their incredible speed and power. Learn about what makes these birds so amazing and which species you can expect to see in Connecticut.
October 5 – Week 1: Week one starts with an overview of bird of prey adaptations, migration, and identification tips for identifying between the groups.
October 12 -Week 2: Connecticut has a wide variety of bird of prey species. In week two, delve into the vulture, falcon, kite, eagle, and accipiter species found in Connecticut.
October 19 -Week 3: Buteo species are the most difficult birds of prey to identify. Week 3 will go through the different hawk species found in Connecticut.
Session 9: Spectacular Sparrows
November 2 – 16
Their field markers may not be as brightly colored as other songbird species, but nonetheless, sparrows are striking! They are also among the birds that can be challenging to identify. Learn about which species can be seen in Connecticut.
November 2 -Week 1: Though small birds, there is a lot going on in the world of sparrows. Week one will start with sparrow migration, conservation, and ID tips, and go over some rarer sparrow species recorded in Connecticut.
November 9 – Week 2: With over two dozen species recorded in Connecticut, sparrow identification is no easy task. Week 2 will begin the journey through identification as well as touch on habitat, diet, and field marks
November 16 -Week 3: Week 3 concludes with the remaining Connecticut sparrow species identification and characteristics.