PRINCIPLES OF BIRD WATCHING - ONLINE (LPL 0500): Bird watching is an inexpensive, enriching hobby. Develop a fascination with the
behavior of birds while you recognize species by sight, sound and flight characteristics.
Learn to use bird guide books to identify birds by body size, beak size, feet and
feathers. The basics of binoculars and spotting scope use will be covered, as well
as recommendations on specific features to look for when purchasing equipment. The
online format allows you access to instructor Dallin Saurey, a Wildlife Biologist
who has worked with the Bureau of Land Management and North Dakota Game and Fish Department,
BIRD WATCHING IN ILLINOIS - ONLINE (LPL 0501): Through this online class, novice bird watchers will develop a deeper understanding of birds native to Illinois. Study the natural history of birds and learn where to look for them. You will learn to identify birds by body size, beak size, feet and feathers, and be directed to relevant guide books. Instructor Dallin Saurey is a Wildlife Biologist who has worked with the Bureau of Land Management and North Dakota Game and Fish Department, among others. He will be easily available to you as you work through the online material.
FANTASTIC SPACE EXPLORATION AND CUTTING EDGE DISCOVERIES (LPL 0309): The past couple years have been full of remarkable astronomical discoveries made possible by NASA missions: Cassini/Huygens’ look at Saturn’s dynamic rings and moons system, Curiosity and Opportunity still roving Mars, and New Horizons’ successful fly-by of Pluto and flight towards a Kuiper Belt object a billion miles beyond Pluto. Recent discoveries are altering our perspectives on the Solar System and many, possibly habitable, planets beyond. Jim Kovac grew up during the age of the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Since 2005, Jim has been an active volunteer in the NASA-administered Jet Propulsion Lab Solar System Ambassador Program.
Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.