BIOL 419 Field Studies--Sea of Cortez (2 credits for
March 16-24, 2017 (spring break)
This class is designed for
experienced biology students
who have had at least moderate training in marine biology.
must have at least taken the third quarter of General
place during spring break, 2017, the class will study the marine
at several locations in the Sea of Cortez and in the adjacent Sonora
of Baja California, Mexico. We will fly to Mexico right after
quarter final exams are finished and return just in time to spend the
getting ready for spring quarter classes. Enrollment is
contact Dave Cowles ASAP at 527-2264 if you are interested.
Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Camp at Juncalito beach
offshore islands, explore the subtropical
camp, then explore the adjacent shoreline
and a trip into the Sierra Gigante mountains
through the Sonora and Vizcaino deserts
to the warm temperate Bahia de Los Angeles
offshore islands, explore the warm
temperate marine community, bird and sea lion colonies
Scammon's Lagoon on the Pacific. Visit
gray whale cows and calves by boat, explore the desert and dune
mission, travel to Bahia Concepcion
and camp there
Juncalito beach. More shoreline exploration,
opportunity for a SCUBA trip
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Here is what you need to do:
Dave Cowles, of your interest
and get your name onto the email list
Come to the first
meeting in the Biology
November 17 at 6 pm
More details of
trip, including costs will
If you would
take this class, even
if you think you may not be able to afford it, come to the
meeting--I may have some good news for you!
Renew your passport if it will expire in 2017
Pay the $250 deposit to
place. Be sure to specify that it is for BIOL 419 Field Studies: Sea of Cortez
Receive clearance from Dr.
to register (must
use an Add/Drop slip)
Make sure your tuition and
fees for the class are
paid by JAN 20. See Nancy Cleveland in the Student Finance
for specific information.
registration may be dropped
if fees are not paid. Some but not all fees are
The deposit is not refundable.
Make sure your passport is
date (a valid passport
is REQUIRED to return from Mexico. Non-US citizens must have
their immigration visa papers in order.)
DO NOT buy your ticket
instructed by Dr. Cowles
that it is safe to do so.
Make an appointment with
to check on your immunizations, etc.
meetings and the
several evening classes which will be held winter quarter
Purchase your airline ticket
More photos of
and desert life in the Sea of
Cortez and lower (Baja) California:
An ocotillo keeps watch over Bahia de Los Angeles
Camping in a palapa
Jen gets acquainted with a sea hare.
A friendly scorpion visits our camp.
Sally Lightfoot crab
Exploring on islands in Bahia de Los Angeles
A stingray cruises by in Bahia Concepcion
|A boojum forest, Lower Sonora Desert
Camp at Juncalito Beach
Lyndsi experiences a close encounter with a gray whale calf
Zoanthids and an anemone in Bahia Concepcion
A ghost crab
A seahorse at Bahia de Los Angeles
An osprey on its nest
A punctate sand dollar
A sacoglossan nudibranch
Snorkeling the Sea of Cortez
2009 class at Bahia de Los Angeles
||Another boojum tree
A barrel sponge
Another beach camp
A palapa at Playa Armenita, Bahia Concepcion