Two short-term classes, one starting on Jan. 30 and one on Feb. 5, offer a field trips that take students to the root of biology–wildlife habitats. If you would you like to learn about birds in their own environment, enroll in Biology 64H (24319), “Natural History of Don Edwards Reserve.” This location is a beautiful large nature preserve in Fremont housing various migrating birds, as well as native flora and fauna. The two-session, 0.5 unit class, led by longtime instructor and wildlife expert Hank Fabian, includes a talk on Friday evening, January 30, from 6:30-8:45 p.m. and a field trip on Saturday, January 31, from 10 a.m.-2:50 p.m. Prof. Fabian also offers two more class/field trips during the rest of the semester: the 6-session, 2.5 unit class, Herpetology of the Greater Bay Area, starting February 6, and the Natural History of Morgan Territory, Biol 64N (24103), on April 10 and 11.
Then, starting Feb. 5, the five-session, “Natural History of the Sutter Buttes” (BIO 62E, 23965) introduces students to the fascinating flora and fauna, geography, geology, geologic history, climate and weather, and conservation of the Sutter Buttes in the middle of the Sacramento Valley. Led by longtime instructor Ron Felzer, the class, which culminates in a class trip to the mountains, offers 1.5 units and lots of knowledge and adventure in these most enigmatic mountains of California. Register online at www.web.peralta.edu or call (510) 466-7368.