Biology | Biology of Birds
L376 | 4140-4141 | Hengeveld, J

Course format: Lecture: 9:30A-11:00A, MTW, JH A105 plus a lab or field
trip every Thursday (labs: 8:00A-12:00P; field trips: 6:00A-12:00P).

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, and anatomy.

Required text:  “Ornithology”, by F. Gill.  “Field Guide to the Birds
of North America” by National Geographic, fourth (or third) edition.

Weekly assignments: Readings for lecture: 3-4 chapters per week.
Weekly lab or field trips; weekly lab assignments or field
identification quizzes.

Exams/papers: Two exams (midterm and comprehensive final); web
identification quizzes, periodic lecture quizzes, and independent
field study project.