The 2017 edition of TN Naturalists@Ijams held its fifth class Saturday, May 20 at the nature center.
This class was devoted to ornithology, the study of birds. Ijams' senior naturalist Stephen Lyn hosted the class.
And with titmice and Carolina wrens singing in the background, we learned about the different types of bird vocalizations. Not all bird calls are melodic. Warning calls are harsh and usually mean there is danger about, watch yourself.
This is the fifth year the statewide program has been taught at Ijams. In all, it's 12 classes held once or twice a month until November. After students finish the 40 hours of classes and the required 40 hours of volunteer work, they become certified Tennessee Naturalists.
The next class focuses on herpetology: the study of reptiles and amphibians.
For a look back at our previous four classes, click:
- Supplied photos by naturalist student and commercial photographer