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<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 3898: Field Methods in Ornithology
 
<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 3898: Field Methods in Ornithology
  
'''Intensive Summer Session, May 7th - 25th, 2012''' '''MTWThF'''  
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'''Intensive Summer Session, May 13th - 31st, 2013''' '''MTWThF'''  
  
 
Instructor: '''[mailto:a.rico@uconn.edu Alejandro Rico]'''
 
Instructor: '''[mailto:a.rico@uconn.edu Alejandro Rico]'''
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| M 07 || Course introduction and timeline; Bird identification (Optics, Guides and Notes. Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 10-17) || M 14|| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/fieldornithology/ortega%26capen1999.pdf}}Ortega & Capen 1999, Local birding (Pink Ravine), Field notebooks (First Submission)  
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| M 13 || Course introduction and timeline; Bird identification (Optics, Guides and Notes. Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 10-17) || M 20|| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/fieldornithology/ortega%26capen1999.pdf}}Ortega & Capen 1999, Local birding (Pink Ravine), Field notebooks (First Submission)  
  || M 21 || Individual project data collection II (Final)
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  || M 27 || Individual project data collection II (Final)
  
 
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| T 08 || Topography and Field Marks (Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 18-24); Feet, Beaks and Body Form; Field exercises, start project thinking
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| T 14 || Topography and Field Marks (Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 18-24); Feet, Beaks and Body Form; Field exercises, start project thinking
  || T 15 || Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)
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  || T 21 || Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)
  || T 22 ||  Survey of coastal birds / Field notebooks (Final Submission)  
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  || T 28 ||  Survey of coastal birds / Field notebooks (Final Submission)  
 
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| W 09 || 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
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|| W 22 || MIDTERM EXAM; birding after  
|| W 23 || 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 10 || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/fieldornithology/andersonetal.1979.pdf}}Anderson et al. 1979
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| Th 16 || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/fieldornithology/andersonetal.1979.pdf}}Anderson et al. 1979
 
Survey of local birds (Mansfield Hollow),  Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas)
 
Survey of local birds (Mansfield Hollow),  Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas)
  || Th 17 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
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  || Th 23 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
  
|| Th 24 || 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 11 || Survey of local birds (Pink ravine)
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| F 17 || Survey of local birds (Pink ravine)
  || F 18 || Banding demo, Pomfret Center, Connecticut Audubon Society
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  || F 24 || Banding demo, Pomfret Center, Connecticut Audubon Society
  
|| F 25 || FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations
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|| F 31 || FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations
  
 
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Exams:
 
Exams:
May 16th (MIDTERM) [50 points];
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May 22nd (MIDTERM) [50 points];
May 25th (FINAL) [50 points]
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May 31st (FINAL) [50 points]
  
  
 
Project Paper:
 
Project Paper:
May 15th (Intro and Methods) [30 points];
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May 21st (Intro and Methods) [30 points];
May 24th (Final) [50 points]
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May 30th (Final) [50 points]
  
  
 
Project Presentations:
 
Project Presentations:
May 15th (Intro and Methods) [20 points];
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May 21st (Intro and Methods) [20 points];
May 24th (Final) [25 points]
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May 29th (Final) [25 points]
  
  
 
Field Notebook Submissions:
 
Field Notebook Submissions:
May 14th (First) [20 points];
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May 20th (First) [20 points];
May 22nd (Final) [25 points]
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May 28th (Final) [25 points]
  
  

Revision as of 11:47, 23 April 2013

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EEB 3898: Field Methods in Ornithology

Intensive Summer Session, May 13th - 31st, 2013 MTWThF

Instructor: Alejandro Rico

Office: Biol/Pharm 404

Phone: 860-486-0309

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


Course Objectives

➢ Acquire bird identification skills

➢ 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 The Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America

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

o Field notepad/notebook

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

• Recommended

o Sibley’s birding basics

o Birding by Ear: Eastern and Central North America

o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)

o Sunscreen


Tentative* schedule

Day Topic Day Topic Day Topic
M 13 Course introduction and timeline; Bird identification (Optics, Guides and Notes. Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 10-17) M 20 Pdficon small.gifOrtega & Capen 1999, Local birding (Pink Ravine), Field notebooks (First Submission) M 27 Individual project data collection II (Final)
T 14 Topography and Field Marks (Homework: Sibley Field Guide pags. 18-24); Feet, Beaks and Body Form; Field exercises, start project thinking T 21 Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods) T 28 Survey of coastal birds / Field notebooks (Final Submission)
W 15 Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis W 22 MIDTERM EXAM; birding after W 29 Project presentations and assisted work on the paper
Th 16 Pdficon small.gifAnderson et al. 1979

Survey of local birds (Mansfield Hollow), Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas)

Th 23 Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment) Th 30 Review session in preparation for the final; PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)
F 17 Survey of local birds (Pink ravine) F 24 Banding demo, Pomfret Center, Connecticut Audubon Society F 31 FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations

*: Schedule is subject to change pending weather conditions, or unforeseen birding 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]


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


Total: [300 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

• MANUAL OF ORNITHOLOGY (Yale Univ.), by N.S. Proctor and P.J. Lynch: http://books.google.com/books?id=nQ3vLQkEWQMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=general+warbler+bill+shape#v=onepage&q&f=false

• Bibby CJ, Burgess ND, Hill DA, Mustoe S, editors. 2000. Bird census techniques. San Diego, USA: Academic Press.: http://books.google.com/books?id=Ld5wkzPp49cC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Bibby&ie=ISO-8859-1&cd=2&source=gbs_gdata#v=onepage&q&f=false

• Gill F. 2007. Ornithology. New York: W. H. Freeman and Company. : http://books.google.com/books?id=zM0tG5ApO0UC&printsec=frontcover&dq=ornithology+gill&hl=en&src=bmrr&ei=4iTsTfHvN4b2gAeg3o3ZCQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

• Stiling P. 1999. Ecology: theories and application. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

• Clark, G. A. 1999. Birds of Storrs, Connecticut and vicinity. 3rd Ed. Mansfield, CT: Natchaug Ornithological Society & Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust.

• SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive): http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/index.php

• Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds

• Natchaug Ornithological Society: http://www.nosbird.org/ (esp. “local hotspots” http://www.nosbird.org/hotspots.html)

• Connecticut Ornithological Association: http://www.ctbirding.org/index.htm

• CT Audubon Society: http://www.ctaudubon.org/

• CT Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp


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