Migration in the Anthropocene Journal

The students create a collective journal of migratory bird species who make a stopover in the Los Angeles area during their Fall migration. Each student selects one bird species to thoroughly study and designs one chapter of the collective Journal. Each chapter is comprised of selected research, data visualization, photographic essays, drawings, poems, etc… All chapters are printed and sewn to form the Migration in the Anthropocene Journal.  


Pacific Flyway Migratory Bird Species + Ecology Research.

Select one migratory bird species (in its Fall migration) to investigate throughout the quarter. Thoroughly research your selected bird species and its ecology based on the criteria outlined below. Go to the site and spend time observing the bird and habitat. Prepare a 10 minute presentation of your research with visuals (your own and available)—photographs, maps, charts, graphs, drawings, poems, etc… 

Bird Species:  

Please make sure your bird species is migratory and is visible in the LA area and vicinity, and that you include the appropriate sources to back that claim. 

We wanted to make sure everyone was writing down the correct specific bird taxonomy, this includes both the genus and the species. For example for an Emperor Penguin the scientific name is Aptenodytes forsteri, “Aptenodytes” is the genus and “forsteri” is the species. 

After you have a specific species a good guideline of things to cover from a scientific standpoint comes from the Cornell Labs bird resource. Sadly there is a $5 monthly subscription charge for the full article breakdown, but you can also use the list of resources I sent in the last email. Also using Wikipedia as a starting point for your research might be useful. Please make sure to include all your sources in your presentations. 


Research and include in your presentation the following: 


Distribution, Migration, and Habitat

Diet and Foraging

Sounds and Vocal Behavior



Demography and Populations

Conservation and Management

Priorities for Future Research



(Adapted from Cornell Lab or Ornithology) 


The bird’s relations to one another and to their physical surroundings. 


The bird’s habitat is the place or environment where it naturally or normally lives and grows. During migration, the habitat is the location(s) that bird uses as a ‘stop over’ on its way to its Winter destination. The bird species you select will determine the habitat you’ll research. Consider that the selected habitat is a place you’ll need to visit frequently, weekly or at minimum biweekly. If you select a habitat outside of the Los Angeles Area, such as the Salton Sea or Mono Lake you will need to visit the site at least two times during the quarter, and produce two or more photoshoots per visit.