Course Description and Credit Information

The Migration course delves into deep detail on bird migration. A basic introduction on bird anatomy and physiology introduces the learner to the ecology and behavioral forces that drive birds to migrate. The mechanics, physiology and great feats of migration are discussed as well as the navigational methods. And finally, the impacts of humans on migration and conservation issues migrating birds face is discussed as well.

Landscape Architects must consider wildlife beyond the property line of their sites. There are many animals including birds that are migratory in nature, which requires knowledge on migratory patterns and avian knowledge to properly design sites that address this migratory aspects. For example, the placement of wind turbines within migratory routes has had a tremendous bird kill of migratory birds. These aspects are discussed in order to provide a greater understanding of avian populations that may be located within a site and those which may migrate to the site on a season basis.


Learning Objectives:

1. Learn avian anatomy and physiology, adaptations for flight and survival, and mechanics of avian flight as a means to create adaptive design that is responsive to the avian needs including how wind turbines and other design can create bird kill.
2. Understand the ecological factors that drive migration, cues to migrate, and migration preparation behaviors to assist in recognizing key indicators of an avian population on a site, and provide how these ecological factors can push a stable population to migrate to new sites, if design impacts these factors.
3. Learn about the basics of bird migration including the major routes and flyways, navigational methods, strategies of different species in order to understand if a site has the likelihood of having migratory populations in order to properly design with these populations integral within the wildlife analysis.


General Course Information






Pre-recorded webinar


Industry Expert


US State Approvals

LA CES Approved


States: AK, AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NM, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY


North Carolina




New York
***Each licensee is responsible for determining if this course meets the state requirements


GA and MN
**Explanation: There is no process to get courses pre-approved in your state, but there should be no issues getting this course approved.
If not approved, we will exchange it for another course or provide a full refund.

**See explanation


Canada Provinces and Territories

British Columbia

Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES


Yes, per reciprocity with LA CES

Course curriculum

    1. Watch the Video

    1. Take the Quiz

    1. Take the Survey

About this course

  • $26.99
  • 3 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content