An Introduction to Avian Migration
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An Introduction to Avian Migration

Examining the Who, What, Where, and Hows of Bird Migration
4.4 (9 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2017
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What you'll learn
  • Learn avian anatomy and physiology, adaptations for flight and survival, and mechanics of avian flight as a means to create adaptive design that is responsive to the avian needs including how wind turbines and other design can create bird kill.
  • Understand the ecological factors that drive migration, cues to migrate, and migration preparation behaviors to assist in recognizing key indicators of an avian population on a site, and provide how these ecological factors can push a stable population to migrate to new sites, if design impacts these factors.
  • Learn about the basics of bird migration including the major routes and flyways, navigational methods, strategies of different species in order to understand if a site has the likelihood of having migratory populations in order to properly design with these populations integral within the wildlife analysis.
Requirements
  • You should be able to use a PC at beginner level.
  • Have a background or interest in Biology, particularly the avian culture.
  • You should be open-minded about the nature of birds.
Description

The course starts off with a brief overview of bird anatomy and physiology, presenting the fantastic engineering of its body and wings. Then, delves into deep detail on bird migration. You will be introduced to the ecology and behavioral forces that drive birds to migrate. The mechanics, physiology and great feats of migration are discussed as well as the navigational methods. And finally, the impacts of humans on migration and conservation issues migrating birds face is discussed as well.

There are many animals including birds that are migratory in nature, which requires knowledge on migratory patterns and avian knowledge to properly design sites that address this migratory aspects. For example, the placement of wind turbines within migratory routes has had a tremendous bird kill of migratory birds. These aspects are discussed in order to provide a greater understanding of avian populations that may be located within a site and those which may migrate to the site on a season basis.

Who this course is for:
  • Individuals who are interested in the avian culture.
  • Professionals who are interested in a refresher course on bird anatomy, physiology, and migration.
Course content
Expand 11 lectures 01:10:47
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11 lectures 01:10:47
Forces that Drive Migration
09:49
Prepping for Migration
03:03
Crossing the Gulf of Mexico
02:06
Nocturnal and Diurnal Migrants
02:54
Thermal Soaring and Gliding
01:59
High Flyers and Red Knots
05:32
Mass Migrations and Navigations
17:06
The Use of Radar to Monitor Migration
02:44
Hazards in Migration
05:10
Other Species that Migrate
05:47