Introduction to Field Ornithology
Instructor: Dr. Jerry Skinner; Capwell Hall 211;
Peterson, Roger T. and V.
Peterson. 2002. A Field Guide to the Birds East of the
Rockies, 5th ed. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. 427 pp. Or any other field
guide you wish to use.
Class Meetings: Friday, 7:30:-9:15 am; occasional
optional trips may take
place on weekend mornings or at other arranged times. There is a required
weekend-long field trip in late April
Backup Topics: Bird senses; song; preparation of a museum style bird skin (optional);
reproduction: territories, nests, care, strategies; bird banding, evening field
trip: Woodcocks, Owls, and a Snipe Hunt; Conservation: petrels & puffins;
feathers and flight, anatomy of birds--bodily systems. Field Trip (all day)-Laboratory
of Ornithology at Cornell.
The Wilson Bulletin (1889-1999)
and The Condor (1889-2000) (as well
as several other bird journals) are
available online for free. They are quarterly publications consisting of major articles based on
original studies of birds and short communications that describe observations of
particular interest. Each issue also includes reviews of new books on birds and
related subjects, as well as ornithological news. The principal focus is the study of living birds, their behavior, ecology, adaptive
physiology and conservation.
|Quizzes (4 @ 10 pts)
|Final written examination
|Final field examination
|Instructor's subjective evaluation
|Summary of technical article
|Life histories of three species (at least one
endangered) @15 pts
|Weekend field trip attendance
Grading scale: 93%=A, 90+A-, 87=B+, 83=B, 80=B-, 77-C+, 70=C,
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