Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 0597 | Hengeveld, S


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 four
Friday morning labs from 8:00A-12:00P (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, F. (1995) "Ornithology", second edition.
"National Georgraphic Field Guide to 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; a few written assignments based on reading of primary
literature.