NEW! Last Updated: 12/03/2009
Faculty: Alison Styring ornithology
Major areas of study include ornithology, field ecology, natural history, and ecological statistics.
Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 25% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.
Prerequisites: At least two quarters of introductory biology (this may include ecology, zoology, or ornithology)
Birds are considered important indicators of habitat quality and are often the focus of conservation-oriented research, restoration, and monitoring. This program is intended to foster the development of strong bird identification and natural history skills, and to expose students to a variety of field and analytical methods commonly used in bird monitoring and avian research. We will link theory to practice in via a series of paired lectures, seminars, and field exercises.
Students can expect to spend all or part of most class periods in the field. Field work in the campus forest and beach will be supplemented with several day trips to field sites in the Puget Sound region. Students will implement their knowledge during a 10-day field trip to the Mississippi Flyway and the US Gulf Coast during the peak of spring migration. On this trip, we will visit some of important stopover sites along the coast. We will also conduct an intensive survey of bottomland hardwood forests, cypress swamps and wetlands from in Louisiana. These habitats host some of the highest densities of breeding and migrating birds in North America. We will have the opportunity to learn about Louisiana natural history and ecology from a series of local and nationally recognized researchers and naturalists along the way.
Students will demonstrate their learning through active participation in all class activities; a detailed field journal; in-class, take-home, and field assignments; exams, and a research project.
Credits: 16 per quarter
Special Expenses: There will be a $600 dollar fee for a 10-day field trip to Louisiana birding and conservation hotspots during the peak of spring migration. This fee does not include the cost of travel to and from our starting point in New Orleans. Students are responsible for travel costs to and from New Orleans.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in ornithology, zoology, and ecology.
|December 3rd, 2009||New program added.|