Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 13302 | Hengeveld, S
Course format: Lecture: 2:30P-3:45P, TR, JH 440, plus Thursday or
Friday morning field trips or labs. There will be four Thursday or
Friday field trips starting between 6:30A-7:00A and finishing around
noon. There will be four Thursday or 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,
Required text: Gill, F.B. “Ornithology”, and current field guide
covering all of U.S. Recommended: National Geographic “Birds of North
America”, fourth edition.
Weekly assignments: One-two chapters of reading in text.
Exams/papers: Three exams (including cumulative final); lab data
sheets; identification quizzes; research protocol paper based on topic
of student’s interest working with primary research articles.