Biology 1065, Fall 2013
Instructors: Richard Koval and Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 108; phone: 945-8404; firstname.lastname@example.org
Peterson, Roger T. 1980. Peterson Field Guides to Eastern Birds, Houghton Mifflin, 380 pp. ISBN 039526619X
Class Meetings: Wednesday 9-12 in Capwell 202; occasional trips may take place at other arranged times.
1. Understand the ideology of bird migration
2. Be able to identify migratory hawks and waterfowl by profile, flight patterns and visual characteristics.
3. Understand methods of aerial transportation of raptors by use of thermal currents and deflective currents.
4. Be familiar with migratory birds and habitat associations.
5. Be able to identify migratory birds species by use of reference guides.
TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE:
FIELD TRIPS: Come prepared to be outside for the entire class, rain or shine. Dress accordingly for weather conditions. Field trips will include river corridors, wetland borders, lakes, forests and exposed cliffs. Personal binoculars are highly recommended, however, Dr Skinner will have a few pairs on loan.
An introductory PowerPoint program will illustrates how to identify hawks and waterfowl that will be observed in our region. The program will also detail geographic corridors and ridge tops as well as regional water bodies that are important refuge areas for migratory waterfowl.
The field exercises will be fun, exciting and educational. Students will visit lakes and rivers to conduct waterfowl identification on specific individuals. Migratory hawk observations will take place at Council Cup Hawk Watch Site near Berwick, as well as the Vosburg Neck along the Susquehanna River. There might be times when we will spend more than 3 hours at a location, so bring a packed lunch and water. The unpredictable nature of field biology means that results may vary based upon weather conditions. We will be conducting field trips on exposed mountain ridges, so embrace for windy, cool weather and dress according for these conditions
Students will be graded on participation, field ethics, work assignment and a final exam including species identification , reasons for bird migration, preferred migratory habitats and geographic formations.