Birding Basics: Bird Origins and Taxonomy
Lecture no. 1 from the course: The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America
Taught by Professor James Currie | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Hobby & Leisure Courses
Begin by delving into the history of birdwatching in the U.S., from the early naturalists of the 18th century to today’s highly organized activity. Then look into the origins of birds, and how they are linked evolutionarily to dinosaurs and early reptiles. Finally, explore bird taxonomy, and how their scientific classification aids us in identifying them in the field.