Field Biology 109-R
Breeding Biology of Birds:
2nd PA Breeding Bird
Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208. Phone (570) 945-8404. E-mail:
Required Texts: Any field guide to the birds of North America. The
Peterson Field Guide is a good one.
Class Meetings: Daily,
Capwell Hall 214. 8:30 am-12:30 pm and times to be
arranged. Come prepared
for weather conditions.
||Assignment for next class
||Course information. Introduction to the 2nd Pennsylvania Breeding Bird
Atlas Project; Atlasing in Factoryville 2
||Familiarize yourself with the "Handbook for Participants"
||Atlas website; entering data;
||Visit Atlas website;
||Assignment 1 due.
||Assignment 2 due.
- Visit the Atlas
website. If you
want to have your name listed as a volunteer in the book,
Check to see if the area where you live is 'owned'.
From the menu bar at the top of the page, click on "View
Results". From the drop down menu, select one of the species we have
observed in the first two days of class. Print out the maps for both the
1st (1984-89) and 2nd (2004-2008) atlas projects. Compare the two.
Do you see any differences? How do you explain the distribution pattern?
(E.g., The Hooded Warbler is mostly a southern species, found mostly in
the lower tier counties.) Read the account for this species taken from
the 1st atlas book,
Atlas of Breeding
Birds in Pennsylvania. Be prepared to give a brief synopsis
of your findings the next time we encounter this species in the field.
- Decide whether you are interested in conducting
a Marshbird or Owl Survey. Using the
Block Finder/Custom Mapper,
click through until you have located the block you will be censusing.
Visit Miller Library and peruse the Birds of North America (BNA)
in the Reference section. Select one of the species that we have
observed so far in the class. You may not use the same species as
Assignment 1. Read the BNA entry for that species.
Be prepared to be the
class "expert" the next time we encounter this species in the field.
|Weekly written quizzes (6@10 pts)
|Instructor's subjective evaluation
|Final written and practical examination