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'''• Recommended'''
 
'''• Recommended'''
  
o Field Guides for New England
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o Field Guides (birds, mammals, insects, etc.) for New England or Eastern US
  
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o Camera
  
 
o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)
 
o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)
  
o Sunscreen
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o Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
  
  
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| M 13 || Course introduction and timeline; Bird identification   || M 20|| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/fieldornithology/ortega%26capen1999.pdf}}Ortega & Capen 1999,  Field notebooks (First Submission)  
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| M 13 || Course introduction and timeline; What is behavior?   || M 20||   Bicentennial Pond; Field notebooks (First Submission)  
  || M 27 || MEMORIAL DAY - NO CLASS; collect data on your own!  
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  || M 27 || MEMORIAL DAY - NO CLASS; make observations on your own!  
  
 
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| T 14 || Field exercises, start project thinking
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| T 14 || Observational methods; cricket mating; Cemetery and W lot pond
  || T 21 || Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)
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  || T 21 || '''Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)'''; exam review
  || T 28 || Survey of coastal birds / Field notebooks (Final Submission)  
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  || T 28 || '''Leave at noon'''- Coastal fiddler crabs / Field notebooks (Final Submission)  
 
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| W 15 || Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis
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| W 15 || Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; local observations
|| W 22 || MIDTERM EXAM; birding after  
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|| W 22 || '''MIDTERM EXAM'''; field observations after  
|| W 29 || Project presentations and assisted work on the paper
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|| W 29 || '''Project presentations''' and assisted work on the paper
 
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| Th 16 ||   
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| Th 16 ||  '''Leave at 10am''' - Trip to Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT; Ethograms
Survey of local birds (Mansfield Hollow), Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas)
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  || Th 23 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
 
  || Th 23 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
  
|| Th 30 || Review session in preparation for the final; PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)
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|| Th 30 || Review session in preparation for the final; '''PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)'''
 
   
 
   
 
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| F 17 ||  Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas); Fenton River
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  || F 24 ||  Individual project data collection II
  
|| F 31 || FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations
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|| F 31 || '''FINAL EXAM'''; Instructor evaluations
  
 
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Field trips = Birding exercises (5 points each):
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[http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/uconn-field-animal-behavior.html iNaturalist submissions]:           
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2+ observations/day = 30 obs.            [15 points];
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5 min observations:
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10 x 2 points                          [20 points]
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Ethograms:
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3 x 5 points          [15 points]
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Field trips = Behavioral observations (5 points each):
 
Dates will be weather dependent    [30 points]  
 
Dates will be weather dependent    [30 points]  
  
  
Total: [300 points]
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Total: [350 points]
  
  
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'''Additional References & Websites'''
 
'''Additional References & Websites'''
  
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• Alcock, J (2001). Animal Behavior - An Evolutionary Approach (7th ed.). Sinauer Associates Inc. Publishers.
  
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• Krebs, J. R. and N. B. Davies (1993). An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (3rd ed.). Blackwell Scientific Publications.
  
Stiling P. 1999. Ecology: theories and application. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
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Martin, J. and P. Bateson (1993). Measuring Behaviour (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.
 
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• Clark, G. A. 1999. Birds of Storrs, Connecticut and vicinity. 3rd Ed. Mansfield, CT: Natchaug Ornithological Society & Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust.
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[http://www.inaturalist.org/places/connecticut# iNaturalist]
 
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• SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive): http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/index.php
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Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds
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Natchaug Ornithological Society: http://www.nosbird.org/ (esp. “local hotspots” http://www.nosbird.org/hotspots.html)
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Eastern Forests: A field guide to birds, mammals, trees, flowers, and more. Peterson Field Guides.  
  
Connecticut Ornithological Association: http://www.ctbirding.org/index.htm
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[http://library.umass.edu/falcons Peregrine Falcon webcam]
  
CT Audubon Society: http://www.ctaudubon.org/
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[http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam Osprey webcam]
  
• CT Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
 
  
  
'''Website design by Diego Sustaita'''
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'''Website design by Diego Sustaita; Modified by Kristiina Hurme'''
  
 
[[Category:EEB Courses]]
 
[[Category:EEB Courses]]

Revision as of 14:17, 19 May 2013

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EEB 3898: Field Animal Behavior

May Term, May 13th - 31st, 2013 MTWThF 1-4pm Torrey Life Sciences, Rm 181

Instructor: Dr. Kristiina Hurme

Office: TLS 379

Phone: 860-486-5434

Office hours: variable & flexible (call, email, drop by)


Course Objectives

➢ Learn how to observe animal behavior

➢ Notice animal behavior in our daily lives

➢ Learn how to take field notes

➢ Learn and apply basic field techniques, study design, and data analysis

➢ Develop a research project

➢ Improve collaboration skills


Course Materials

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• Required

o Binoculars (available from us if you don’t have any)

o Field notepad/notebook

o Watch with countdown timer that beeps

o Closed-toe shoes (no sandals) or hiking boots, & proper outdoor clothing (poison ivy, weather)

• Recommended

o Field Guides (birds, mammals, insects, etc.) for New England or Eastern US

o Camera

o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)

o Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat


Tentative* schedule

Day Topic Day Topic Day Topic
M 13 Course introduction and timeline; What is behavior? M 20 Bicentennial Pond; Field notebooks (First Submission) M 27 MEMORIAL DAY - NO CLASS; make observations on your own!
T 14 Observational methods; cricket mating; Cemetery and W lot pond T 21 Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods); exam review T 28 Leave at noon- Coastal fiddler crabs / Field notebooks (Final Submission)
W 15 Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; local observations W 22 MIDTERM EXAM; field observations after W 29 Project presentations and assisted work on the paper
Th 16 Leave at 10am - Trip to Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT; Ethograms Th 23 Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment) Th 30 Review session in preparation for the final; PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)
F 17 Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas); Fenton River F 24 Individual project data collection II F 31 FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations

*: Schedule is subject to change pending weather conditions, or unforeseen observation and research opportunities.


Grading

Exams: May 22nd (MIDTERM) [50 points]; May 31st (FINAL) [50 points]


Project Paper: May 21st (Intro and Methods) [30 points]; May 30th (Final) [50 points]


Project Presentations: May 21st (Intro and Methods) [20 points]; May 29th (Final) [25 points]


Field Notebook Submissions: May 20th (First) [20 points]; May 28th (Final) [25 points]


iNaturalist submissions: 2+ observations/day = 30 obs. [15 points];


5 min observations: 10 x 2 points [20 points]


Ethograms: 3 x 5 points [15 points]


Field trips = Behavioral observations (5 points each): Dates will be weather dependent [30 points]


Total: [350 points]


Grading scale: A = 100-90%, B = 89-80%, C = 79-70%, D = 69-60%, F = 59-0%. Plus/minus system will be used for the final grade.


Additional References & Websites

• Alcock, J (2001). Animal Behavior - An Evolutionary Approach (7th ed.). Sinauer Associates Inc. Publishers.

• Krebs, J. R. and N. B. Davies (1993). An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (3rd ed.). Blackwell Scientific Publications.

• Martin, J. and P. Bateson (1993). Measuring Behaviour (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.

iNaturalist

• Eastern Forests: A field guide to birds, mammals, trees, flowers, and more. Peterson Field Guides.

Peregrine Falcon webcam

Osprey webcam


Website design by Diego Sustaita; Modified by Kristiina Hurme

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