This course is designed so that the student will achieve a strong understanding of a variety of aspects in ornithology with the strongest focus on field techniques, including identification. Material covered will include evolution, anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology. A portion of the course will include an overview of the avian families of North America, especially those found in coastal regions along the mid-Atlantic seaboard.
General Description of Field Activities:
The field component for this course will include mist netting, census techniques and field identification. Emphasis will be placed on field research and a portion of the course will involve the development of a novel research idea in ornithology.
Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology or consent of the instructor.
Required Textbook or Supplies Required:
Dunn, J. L., J. Alderfer. 2011. National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th ed. National Geographic. ISBN: 9781426208287
Ehrlich, P. R., D. S. Dobkin and D. Wheye. 1988. The Birder’s Handbook. Simon and Schuster. ISBN: 0671659898
Very Strongly Recommended: Scott, G. 2010. Essential Ornithology. Oxford. ISBN: 0198569971