Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 0657 | Hengeveld
Course format: Lecture: 9:30A-10:45A, TR, JH 440, plus Friday morning field
trips or labs. There will be four Friday field trips starting between
6:30A-7:00A and finishing around noon. There will be five Friday morning
labs (specific dates for the labs and field trips will be announced during
the first week of classes).
Requirements: P - Biol L111 and L112.
Course descriptions: The course is a four-credit lecture/lab course
intended for biology majors. The course provides a general overview of
avian systematics, distribution, evolution, ecology, and behavior; emphasis
is placed on avian physiology, migration and orientation, territoriality,
communication, and reproductive behaviors. Field trips concentrate on
visual and auditory identification of local birds, interpretation of
behavior and interactions between birds, and field study research methods.
Labs focus on the study of taxonomy, topography, feather structure,
plumages and molts, sexual dimorphism, and anatomy.
Required text: Gill, "Ornithology". Second edition. "National Geographic
Society; Field Guide to the Birds of North America", third edition.
Weekly assignments: One-two chapters of reading in text.
Exams/papers: Three exams (including cumulative final); a field notebook;
lab data sheets; identification quizzes; final lab practical.