Summer Natural History Courses at Merritt College

Almost every semester Merritt College of Oakland, California offers a couple of very informative natural history courses. These courses are mainly conducted in the field and give the student a very "hands-on" approach to learning. To anyone in the area that enjoys natural history of the Bay Area and would like to obtain some easy credits I highly recommend signing up for these courses. This Summer semester's line up includes:

Natural History of Mount Diablo: BIOL 60B

Class code: 31037

"An introduction to the natural history of Mt. Diablo: ecology, plants & animals, with special emphasis on plant communities and endemic wildlife."

Dates: 7/7 & 7/8 from 9AM - 6PM

Location: First meeting for lecture on July 7th at 9 AM : 860 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA, Conference room. Then field trips to Mt. Diablo State Park.

Instructor: Dr. Hank Fabian

Natural History: Herpetology of the Bay Area BIOL 60C

Class Code: 31036

"An introduction to the natural history of the reptiles and amphibians of the Bay Area. Open to all who are interested."

Dates: Lecture 6/23 at 9:00AM. Field Dates: 6/23 & 6/24; 7/1 & 7/2

Location:Rendezvous and lecture: 860 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA in the conference room. Field trips: (9AM - 6PM) TBA at lecture.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Macey & Dr. Hank Fabian

Natural History of the California State Parks: BIOL 60A

Class code: 31038

"An introduction to Bay Area ecosystems."

Dates: 7/14 & 7/15; 7/21 & 7/22

Lecture: 7/14/12 at 9AM
Field Trips: 7/14,7/15,7/21,7/22 (From 9AM - 6PM)

Location: Rendezvous at 860 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA in the conference room. Field locations TBA at lecture.

Again, these classes are really cool and very informative. The fellow naturalists that sign up for these classes professional and amateur alike offer such a wonderful learning environment that it is an opportunity not to be missed.

To sign up for these classes please complete the application found at
www.peralta.edu

Click on "apply" and then "apply for admisisons."

Once you have submitted the application the next step would be to wait for the May 4th open enrollment, sign into your student account, and add the classes.

Contact information

hfabian@peralta.edu

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Marzo 20, 2010

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Not exactly sure on the location, but I am certain it was on Deer Flat Road.

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Lagartija Sin Patas Norteña (Anniella pulchra)

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Marzo 2010

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Yes, it is a lizard not a snake. These lizards sometimes referred to as glass lizards have come so accustomed to their sandy habitats that their legs have over the ages have evolved to indistinguishable nubs. Burrowing through the sand feeding on small invertebrates these lizards truly are an amazing feat of evolutionary specialization. What separates a legless lizard from a snake is their anatomy. Primarily snakes bone structures are differ from the legless lizard especially surrounding their skulls and jaws. to be continued...

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Tortuga de Poza Norteña (Actinemys marmorata ssp. marmorata)

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Marzo 27, 2010

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BobPond @ Borges Ranch. An excellent place for herpetology.

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Chorlo Tildío (Charadrius vociferus)

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Marzo 13, 2010

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I seen this bird at a wonderful nursery that I like to visit called the North Coast Native Nursery in Petaluma,CA. Operated by Dave Kaplan it's a wonderful place to find healthy, robust natives of all kinds different applications ( www.northcoastnativenursery.com ). The nursery is situated in the middle of a valley where during the spring the low grasslands become a sort of large vernal marsh. Driving up to the nursery there I found a pair of killdeers in the middle of the dirt road leading up to the greenhouses. Upon closer inspection I found that the pair of mating killdeers had built their nests smack dab in the middle of the dirt road. Eggs well hidden along side the gravel could be barely seen. I was astonished by the incredibly bold birds that would dare such a nest site. The pair would put on a broken wing display to draw the lumbering half ton vehicles up the driveway away from the nest. Each time tire treads coming within inches of crushing the ever fragile eggs. Either these birds were incredibly brave or stupid I could not tell. What I did notice that there was a mass of insects, tadpoles, small frogs and other tasty meals surrounding the nest site. Thankfully enough for the killdeer they are precocial meaning within a few moments from their birth they are walking around. A handy feature when you awake to the world in the middle of a road.

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Centzontle Norteño (Mimus polyglottos)

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Marzo 27, 2010

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Roble Venenoso del Pacífico (Toxicodendron diversilobum)

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Marzo 6, 2010

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Marzo 6, 2010

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Mariposa Carey Californiana (Nymphalis californica)

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Marzo 6, 2010

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California tortoiseshell on some poop most likely for the salts.

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Colibrí Cabeza Roja (Calypte anna)

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Marzo 6, 2010

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Marzo 20, 2010

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Abeja Melífera Europea (Apis mellifera)

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Marzo 27, 2010

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Italian Honey Bee - Apis mellifera Ligustica

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Marzo 20, 2010

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Marzo 2010

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A beautiful little flower.

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Viuda Negra Norteña (Latrodectus hesperus)

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Marzo 20, 2010

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