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Celebrate Urban Birds

2-day Urban Birding course for high school students in Seattle
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Tracey Byrne

on 18 September 2015

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Celebrate Urban Birds
The Evolution of Birds
What the Robin Knows
Birdsong Hero
the Sibley Guides
Favorite ID Book
These texts include: maps, multiple views, lovely artwork
Celebrate Urban Birds
English & Espanol
Project FeederWatch
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Who could resist?
4 Keys to I.D. Birds
#4 Habitat
#1 Size & Shape
#2 Color Pattern
#3 Behavior
Bird Taxonomy
What is a BIRD?
* lay eggs and care for their young
* are warm-blooded
* have feathers, wings, and most fly
* have a stiff beak, no teeth
* have a strong, hollow-boned skeleton
* excellent vision and hearing

Adaptations for Flight
thank you Katie Remine, WPZ
Happy Birding!
With Tracey Byrne & Adam MacDonald
Spring Days 2015
Itinerary
Tuesday:
8:30 Welcome & hellos
Go over Itinerary
Bird Basics-what are birds?
Evolution of Birds
Celebrate Urban Dinosaurs
Introduction to Birding
Birds you already know
How to I.D. birds
Birding at Seattle U.
11-11:50 LUNCH
12 noon=bus to UW Arboretum
Birding at the Washington Park Arboretum
2:30 return to SAAS/compare notes
Wednesday
8:30 Meet at SAAS, go over WPZ visit information
9:00 Bus to WPZ
10:00 Backyard Habitat Garden
11:00 Raptor Center
Lunch
Birding at the WPZ
African Savanna
Australasia
Conservation Aviary
Northern Trail
Temperate Wetlands
Temperate Forest
Tropical Rain Forest
Wild Birds
2:30 meet at bus to return to SAAS
Birding
at the Woodland Park Zoo
Classification
45 Orders of Birds
More than 10,000 species worldwide
10 orders of birds we might see today:
Passeriformes
(Songbirds or Perching Birds)-including:
chickadees, crows, finches, jays, nuthatches, robins, sparrows, starlings, swallows, Cedar waxwings, weavers, wrens
Struthioniformes
-cassowaries, Emus, Kiwis, Ostriches, and Rheas
Falconiformes
-hawks, eagles, vultures
Piciformes
-woodpeckers
Strigiformes
-owls
Anseriformes
-ducks, geese, and swans
Galliformes
-chickens, grouse, quails, pheasants, and turkeys
Gaviiformes
-loons
Trochiliformes
-hummingbirds
Psittaciformes
-macaws and parrots
and many more....
with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Celebrate
Urban Dinosaurs

©BirdandMoon
©BirdandMoon
BirdWeb
Washington's birds belong to 18 orders...
http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/birds
Murmuration
Zimmer, Berkeley
Jarvis et al, Avian Family Tree, 2014
Birds ARE Dinosaurs
©Paleocave, 2014
©paleocave, 2014
Top 25 Feeder Birds
Washington's
Project FeederWatch 2013-14
with 489 species
Bird taxomony is highly contentious-that said, Birds are divided into two superorders:
Paleognaths and Neognaths
*Paleognaths=5 orders:
ratites & tinamous (flightless & S. American)
*Neognaths=40 orders:
Passerines (perching or songbirds)
comprise 60% of ALL bird species,
Non-passerines include the rest!
Inside Birding
have you ever seen this bird?
YardMAP
http://app.yardmap.org/map#!/learn/which-birds-which-plants
Citizen Science!
http://feederwatch.org/about/project-overview/
What is BIRDING?
BIRDING TOOLS:
http://whattherobinknows.com/read-listen/audio-library-of-the-five-voices/audio-listing-by-species/
125 common birds
Birds have more than one song, you can hear five of them here!
By Jon Young
binoculars
tally sheet
field guide
Ten Urban Birds
I bet you know already:
Northwest crow, glaucous-winged gull, Northern flicker,
Steller's jay, Barred Owl, American robin, European starling, Oregon junco, Anna's hummingbird,, Black-capped chickadee
Cedar Waxwing
©Ben Thomas
Bird Taxonomy
Kingdom=Animalia
Phylum=Chordata
Class=Aves
Order=45
Family=235
Genus=2340
Species=10,000
thank you Sophie & Liberty
The Amazing Lyre Bird
with Sir David Attenborough
How did you do?
Bonus Bird:
Song sparrow
Varied Thrush
more information about the latest whole-genome analysis here:√
http://10000birds.com/heres-the-new-bird-family-tree-its-amazing.htm
VISION
Fancy Footwork
Albatross Mating Dance
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Resources
Cornell Lab of Ornithology= www.allaboutbirds.org

Celebrate Urban Birds = celebrateurbanbirds.org

YardMap=yardmap.org

Woodland Park Zoo= www.zoo.org

10,000 Birds = 10000birds.com/heres-the-new-bird-family-tree-its-amazing.htm

BirdWeb = www.birdweb.org
Woodcut Birds by Lisa Brawn
less fun names,
but more scientifically accurate
©D.A. Sibley
Cladograms are fun
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