LSA feature: A bird in the hand

By Liz Wason
Jul 29, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Blue jay study skin

Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) study skin. This species has one of the longest recorded life spans of any songbird: 17 years in the wild and 26 years in captivity. The study skin of any bird species, if properly prepared and stored, can survive for 300-500 years. Photo credit: Dave Brenner.

Students taking Ornithology (EEB 433) learn their birds inside and out. Literally. Throughout the course, the students identify birds in the field by sight and by sound. But they also examine birds up close. Way up close.

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