Dr. Bell invites you to look at our local birds through an ecological lens. Class sessions will introduce the concept of ecological succession to examine how the history of land use on the Chesapeake Bay watershed from pre-colonial days to the present has influenced the region’s bird species diversity. Field trips to three local destinations will provide “binoculars-on” opportunities for species identification while gaining first-hand experience with ecological principles that inform and challenge approaches to habitat conservation. After registering, you will receive more information about the topics covered in the field trips.
Our collective goal is twofold: to gain personal confidence in identifying local bird species in our own backyard and understand how the local working landscape contributes to the Eastern Shore’s bird biodiversity. Persons of any birding skill are welcome. We will all do our best to make you a better, and more informed, birder! Enrollment is limited. Field Trips are for Zoom class participants only. Field Trip times may change. Choose between ZOOM classes (with field trips) or RECORDED 3 Class Sessions: Thursdays Sept. 23, Oct 14, Nov. 18 from 2:30-4:00 pm, 6 Field Trips: Mondays Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Sundays Nov. 21, 28 from 8 am-3 pm $30.
Wayne Bell is Senior Associate and former Director of the Washington College Center for Environment and Society. A native of Silver Spring, MD and a marine microbiologist by training, he graduated from the University of Miami, Florida, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University where E.O. Wilson infected him with a lasting love of all things ecological. Retired since 2006, Dr. Bell continues his passion for birds and teaching through the Talbot County Bird Club, the Youth Program of the Maryland Ornithological Society (YMOS) and, of course, the wonderful Chesapeake Forum. To register for this class or to find the list of Fall classes visit the website at: Chesapeake Forum – Lifelong Learning, Classes.