Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 0095 | Hengeveld, J
Course format: Lecture: 10:20A-11:50A, MTWR, JH A106 plus a lab or
field trip every Friday (labs: 8:00A-12:00P; field trips: 6:00A-
Requirements: Biol. L111 and L112.
Course description: This 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, and
field study research methods. Labs focus on the study of taxonomy,
topography, feather structure, plumages and molts, sexual dimorphism,
Required text: "Ornithology", by F. Gill. "Field Guide to the Birds
of North America" by National Geographic, third edition.
Weekly assignments: Readings for lecture: 3-4 chapters per week.
Weekly lab or field trips; field observations made on own.
Exams/papers: Two exams (midterm and comprehensive final); weekly lab
assignments or field identification quizzes, web quizzes. Independent
field study project.