2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Summer Ornithology: Birds in the Hand

Summer quarter

Faculty: Steven G. Herman Ornithology, Wildlife Biology, Animal Ecology and Behavior

Fields of Study: environmental studies and field studies

Summer: CRN (Credit) Level 40131 (8) Second Session; 40262 (4) Second Session  

Credits: 8(Su)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day, Evening and Weekend


Summer Ornithology is a three week, bird-banding course taught entirely in the field.  We leave campus on the first day, travel through some of the best birding country in Oregon, then over the next few days find and set up camp in a place where we can net, process, and band a sufficient number of birds to provide all students with appropriate experience.  We spend the next two weeks netting, processing, banding and releasing several hundred birds of about 25 species.  We focus on aspects of banding protocol, including net placement, removing birds from nets, identification, sexing, ageing, and record-keeping.  We balance the in-hand work with field identification and behavioral observations, and during the last week we tour Steens Mountain and the Malheur area.  This course has been taught for 27 years, and more than 22,000 birds have been banded during that time.  Lower or upper-division credit is awarded depending of the level of academic achievement demonstrated. A photo essay on this program is available through Inside Evergreen and a slide show is available through flickr.

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Advertised Schedule: Three weeks of travel: July 25 - August 12

Required Fees: $700 for transportation and food.  All field equipment (except personal gear) supplied by instructor; meals are prepared by a professional cook.

Upper Division Science Credit: Upper-division science credit awarded for upper-division work.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
May 9th, 2011 Description updated.