Great Animal Migrations

You don’t have to go on safari to see magnificent migrations. Extraordinary migrations happen throughout the United States and Texas, even in our own backyards. From birds to butterflies and whales to seals, this course examines how and why animals embark on these great migrations. DAY AND EVENING

Small bird flying toward flower

Each year, people go on safari to witness the mass migration of zebra, antelope and wildebeest across the savannas of Africa. Yet, there are many equally amazing migrations much closer to home, even in our own backyards. Hundreds of millions of birds migrate in and out of North America, some traveling from the tip of South America to Alaska. Huge “kaleidoscopes” of Monarch butterflies traverse North America from Mexico, often passing through Texas along the way. Thousands of salmon make the epic journey from headwaters in the northwest United States, returning to the very same river where they hatched years before. This course examines how and why birds, butterflies, dragonflies, whales, seals and other animals embark on these great migrations.

Details

Section Instructor Format Schedule start datesort ascending
GHUM1651.F17.1 Glenn Olsen On-campus 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2017
GHUM1651.F17.2 Glenn Olsen On-campus 1:30–3 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Instructor: Glenn Olsen

Glenn Olsen is a member of the Houston Audubon Society and has served as its vice president of education and as an instructor for beginning and intermediate birding classes. He leads private birding and nature tours for groups and individuals. Mr. Olsen served as an Audubon warden monitoring colonial nesting birds and worked with the Nature Conservancy to introduce captive-reared endangered Attwater’s prairie chickens to their preserve near League City, Texas. He is a member of the American Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Texas Ornithological Society, the Houston Ornithology Group and the Native Plant Society of Texas.

 

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 27, 2017

End Date: Nov. 08, 2017

Schedule: 7–8:30 p.m.

Length: Six Wednesdays (no class Oct. 11)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 13 (Wednesday session)

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

Instructor: Glenn Olsen

Glenn Olsen is a member of the Houston Audubon Society and has served as its vice president of education and as an instructor for beginning and intermediate birding classes. He leads private birding and nature tours for groups and individuals. Mr. Olsen served as an Audubon warden monitoring colonial nesting birds and worked with the Nature Conservancy to introduce captive-reared endangered Attwater’s prairie chickens to their preserve near League City, Texas. He is a member of the American Birding Association, the American Bird Conservancy, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Texas Ornithological Society, the Houston Ornithology Group and the Native Plant Society of Texas.

 

Term: Fall 2017

Start Date: Sept. 26, 2017

End Date: Nov. 07, 2017

Schedule: 1:30–3 p.m.

Length: Six Tuesdays (no class Oct. 10)

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $190

Early Registration: $180 if registering by Sept. 12 (Tuesday session)

Rice Alumni: $171

CEUs: 0.9

+ Why animals migrate
+ How animals navigate
+ What great migrations occur in Texas and the United States
+ When and where you can witness these migrations
+ The dangers of migration
+ The future of the great migrations

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