IMPORTANT: YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT TO
PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS

INFORMATION ON OBTAINING PASSPORTS IS FOUND AT THE WEBSITE www.pcmsusa.org - Biology 11B link of click here.

Dear Baja Student -

Welcome to Natural History 11B - Marine Ecology: The Rocky Intertidal Environment of the Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexico. The half-day lecture and laboratory session will be held Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Date incorrect in the schedule of classes) from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm in Center for the Sciences (CSF) 91008 on the Pierce College campus. PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR THE MEETING. I suggest you bring a snack for the mid-morning break as there will be no food service open on campus. The field trip to Mexico is over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, November 3-5, 2017. We will meet at the hotel on Friday night November 3, 2017, and depart for home when the class ends on Sunday afternoon.

The lecture/laboratory meeting on campus will include a lecture and slide introduction to the ecology of the Punta Banda, general principles of the biology of communities, and the physiological ecology of intertidal animals and plants. The laboratory will familiarize you with the animals and plants of the area and with techniques of field observation and note taking. Additionally we will discuss field protocol, etiquette in foreign countries, transportation, and lodging. More details will be provided at the class meeting. There is a waiting list for this class - if you are NOT going to attend please contact me at 818/710-4285 or pcmsusa@hotmail.com (BEST).

A travel fee of $135 will be required of each student at the class meeting on Sunday to cover 2 nights at the hotel, travel insurance and the text for the course. Payment must be made in cash at the meeting.

Driving time to the hotel is approximately four and one-half hours from the San Fernando Valley. We have reservations for the entire class for Friday and Saturday night. You will be expected at the hotel on Friday evening for a briefing. The field study begins with a meeting on Friday night. The last field study will end at approximately 4:00 pm on Sunday and the class will end. Please be aware that you are responsible for your own transportation. Pierce College cannot assume responsibility for or arrange transportation . You may wish to share driving with others in the class.

If you have any questions please email me pcmsusa@hotmail.com. To meet please contact me to set up an appointment during my offoce hours.MTW 10:15-11am; T 12:45-1:00; W 4:00-6:00PM; Th 12:45-1:30 - or email for appointment

Sincerely,

Raymond A. Wells Ph.D.
Professor of Biology


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