Biology | Introductory Biology Lectures
L104 | 13238 | Hengeveld, S


Course format: Lecture: 1:25P-2:15P, MWF, JH A100.

Requirements:  No background necessary.

Course description: Topic: The Wide World of Birds.  The course is
designed to introduce students to the study of birds, looking at their
behaviors (migration, nesting, singing), examining their habits and
habitats (what they eat and why, where they live and why), and study
their mating strategies (why some birds sing and other dance to
attract mates).  In addition, we will spend approximately ¼ of the
course learning how to identify birds, with an emphasis on local
species. If you have ever been curious about why some birds come to
feeders and other do not, or why you see some birds on campus and
different birds in the woods, or what makes birds sing, this course is
designed to answer those questions, as well as teach basics in bird
identification.

Required text: “Life of Birds”, by David Attenbourogh, and “Nation
Geographic Field Guide to birds of North America”, fourth edition.

Weekly Assignments: One-two chapters of reading in text.

Exams/papers: Two-three hourly exams plus cumulative final. Bird
identification quizzes on World Wide Web, as well as in class (most
identification quizzes will be with the use of a field guide).