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Ornithology

Ornithology

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not in printed catalog

Spring quarter

Faculty:
Alison Styring
Major areas of study include:
ornithology, field ecology and topics in environmental studies.
Class Standing:
This all-level program offers appropriate support for freshmen, as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Prerequisites:
Enrolling students must have taken at least one of the following programs: Introduction to Environmental Studies, Nature of Natural History, or Field Ecology or equivalent classes such as Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Vertebrate Biology, or Plant Biology.
Faculty Signature:
Required. Students must submit an application containing: 1) A short essay addressing field experience, background in ecology, and interest in the program. 2) A copy of an evaluation from a previous science program. 3) The name and telephone number of a previous instructor. 4) Contact information (telephone number and e-mail address). An interview is required. Submit applications by e-mail to Alison Styring. Applications received by the spring Academic Fair, March 7, 2007 will be given priority. Qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.

Birds are the most diverse vertebrates found on the earth's landmasses. We will explore the causes of this incredible diversity through a well-rounded understanding of general bird biology, the evolution of flight (and its implications), and the complex ecological interactions of birds with their environments. In this intensive field-based program, students will be expected to develop strong bird identification skills and will learn a variety of field and analytical techniques currently used in bird monitoring and research. We will take several day trips to field sites in the Puget Sound region throughout the quarter to hone our bird-watching skills and practice field-monitoring techniques.

Students will implement their field knowledge during a mandatory 15-day field trip to the Mississippi Flyway and the US Gulf Coast during spring migration. On this trip, we will visit important stopover sites along the coast. We will also conduct an intensive survey of bottomland hardwood forests, cypress swamps and wetlands from Louisiana to Florida. The data we collect on this trip will be used in a variety of monitoring and research projects.

Each student will keep a field journal documenting their skill development in species identification and proficiency in a variety of field methodologies. In addition, students will be expected to synthesize field and analytical components of the program in an independent project. Learning will also be assessed through exams, quizzes, field assignments, group work, and participation.
Total:
16 credits.
Enrollment:
24
Special Expenses:
A $700 dollar field trip fee will be charged for lodging, food, ground transportation, and entry fees associated with a 15-day field trip to the US Gulf Coast during spring migration. This fee does not include the cost of airfare (from Seattle to Houston and from Miami to Seattle).
Schedule:
Class Schedule
Program is preparatory for:
Ecology, zoology, natural history, and environmental sciences.
This program is also listed under:
Programs for Freshmen and Environmental Studies

Program updates:

10.24.2006:
New, not printed in the catalog
 
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