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astronomy class


Backyard Astronomer

 

Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 to adult.

2 Fri., April 17 & 24
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 23: $58
Register after Feb 23: $65

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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The Biology of the Whales 

This program features an illustrated review of our local whale population. Life histories of those likely to be found while cruising on a local whale- watching boat trip will be reviewed. Included will be ‘great whale’ species such as Blue, Humpback, Gray, and less commonly found species as Sei, Fin, and Orca (‘Killer Whales’). Many smaller, but no less interesting form of dolphin and porpoises are Dall’s, Risso’s, Pacific White Sided, and Right Whales, Dolphins will also be reviewed.

Recommendations for prime opportunities to access local whale-watching trips will also be provided and recordings of whale ‘songs’ will be played.

Sat., Dec. 13

10:00 am - 1 pm
Room: 1605
Register by Sept. 8: $24
Register after Sept. 8: $28

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Winter Wildlife of the Inner Coast Range: Panoche Valley

Join in for a day exploring the high desert of the inner Coast Range in the Panoche Valley of San Benito County. The area has been long prized by our local resources conservation community for the rich variety of wildlife present, including rare or endangered species.  As an added enticement, we’ll visit a unique wintering colony of Long-eared Owls, plus search for both Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks, plus both Merlin and Prairie falcons, and such perching birds as species of longspurs. Mountain Plovers, Greater Roadrunner and coyote are also possible.

Sat., Jan. 24

9:00 am - 5 pm
Panoche Valley - Check the Class Resources web page for a class location map, directions and meeting location.
Fee: $75

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Seabirds of California

Certainly the most exciting and satisfying viewing of Pacific Coastal Marine Birds in the United States is above the environs of Monterey Bay in autumn.  Without our leaving the dock, this program will take you on tour through the avifauna of California’s central coast, introducing participants to such seasonal visitors as albatrosses, storm-petrels and puffins, and all their allied species. Furthermore, the program will serve as a strong preparation for one of the commercial birding trips on boats out of Monterey during the prime seabird viewing season in late summer and autumn, details of which will be provided.

Fri., Feb. 20

6:30 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room (a detailed map will be provided)
Fee: $28

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Owls of Central California

Northern Monterey County hosts as many as eight species of owls which are often vocal during their breeding courtship period of late winter. In this class you will have the opportunity to study the biology of some local California owl species in a two-part program. An illustrated afternoon classroom lecture will review the biology, species characteristics, and distribution of the several owl species that occur in habitats about Monterey Bay. You will learn to identify the owls by silhouette and calls. After a pre-sunset “Bring your own bag” picnic dinner on the Reserve, we will begin an evening of searching for owls within the Reserve.

Our afternoon evening schedule: 2-5 pm - lecture, 5-7 pm - dinner break, 7-9 pm - field session.

Fri., Mar. 27

2:00 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room
Register by Feb. 23: $68
Register after Feb. 23: $75

 

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Sun., Mar. 29

2:00 pm - 9 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room
Register by Feb. 23: $68
Register after Feb. 23: $75

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Safari

Explore the calm waters of a premier wetland habitat, Monterey County’s Elkhorn Slough, from the unique advantage of a comfortable seat aboard a large pontoon craft as we observe water associated birds and assorted marine mammals at a very close range. Seals, sea lions, sea otters and a wide spectrum of resident and migratory bird species are abundant.

Two of the most experienced naturalists in the Monterey Bay area will be your personal guides.

Bring your binoculars and or camera to enjoy close -up observations and unique photography opportunities while learning about the biology of individual species.

Sat., May 9 (International Migratory Bird Day - and - Mother’s Day weekend!)

8:15 am - 12 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough @ Moss Landing Harbor and in the Slough
Register by Feb. 23: $68
Register after Feb. 23: $
75

 

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Bruce Elliott - see biography below

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Herons and Other Large Wading Birds

Herons and related species feature one of the most easily recognized bird families in the world, including many of the more graceful and beautiful species (as well as a few of the most grotesquely ungainly and/ or ugly creatures imaginable!)  We’ll look at a spectrum of them all, their interesting habits, habitats, and adaptations to those habitats.  Such traits make them favorites of both amatuer birders and well as professional ornithologists.  Our review will include all the species found in the Western United States as well as other selected species else-where in the world; the program is well illustrated with slides of the species discussed.

Sat., May 16

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Off site @ Elkhorn Slough in the Office Complex Conference Room
Register by Feb. 23: $25
Register after Feb. 23: $28

 

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Bruce Elliott - is a retired senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Dept. of Fish and Game. He is a skilled field trip leader who conducts a variety of tours and explorations of the area's natural resources.

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