EEB 4262: Field Methods in Ornithology
Intensive Summer Session, May 8th - 26th, 2015
Meets: M-F, 7:30 am to 11:30 am, TLS 371
Instructor: Holly K. Milton Brown
Office: Pharmacy Biology Building, room 402
Office hours: flexible (email to set up an appointment)
Upon completion of this course, students will have:
1. acquired bird identification skills (by sight and sound).
2. become proficient in taking scientific field notes.
3. gained experience in common field techniques for studying birds.
4. developed an independent research project.
1. The Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America
2. Bibby CJ, Burgess ND, Hill DA, Mustoe S, editors. 2000. Bird census techniques. San Diego, USA: Academic Press
3. Binoculars (available from us if you don’t have any)
5. Closed-toe shoes (no sandals) or hiking boots, & proper outdoor clothing (you may encounter poison ivy, ticks and biting insects, and/or bad weather)
1. Peterson's Birding by Ear: Eastern and Central North America
2. Peterson's More Birding by Ear: Eastern and Central North America
3. Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)
Tentative schedule - Note that because so much of what we do depends on the weather, the schedule is very subject to change!
|M 8||Course intro: syllabus, schedule, field safety; Intro to bird ID (Optics, Guides and Notes); Survey local birds||M 15||Group project proposal presentations & project selection; Start projects; Submit field notebooks for grading||M 22||Finish data collection; Start data analysis|
|T 9||NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL RUN 9AM-1PM. Bird Topography and Field Marks; Banding Demonstration Field Trip||T 16||Data collection||T 23||Survey of coastal birds|
|W 10||Field research techniques, study design, and data analysis||W 17||MIDTERM EXAM; Data collection||W 24||Survey of local, off-campus birding sites; Submit field notebooks for a final notebook grade|
|Th 11||Field techniques, continued; Survey local birds||Th 18||Report on state of group research project; Discuss methodological revisions; Data collection||Th 25||Research Presentations|
|F 12||Research project guidelines & discussion; Survey local birds||F 19||Data collection||F 26||FINAL EXAM; Peer evaluations; Instructor evaluations|
Exams: May 17th (MIDTERM) [50 points]; May 26th (FINAL) [50 points]
Activities and Quizzes: 5 (10 points each) [50 points]
Research Project Proposal (Presentation & Discussions): May 15th [50 points];
Research Project Presentation: May 25th [50 points];
Field Notebook Submissions: May 15th (First) [25 points]; May 26th (Final) [25 points]
Field trips and birding exercises (5 points each): Dates will be weather dependent [35 points]
Total: [335 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
• Local Birds ID tool: http://www.whatbird.com/Expert/Expert.aspx
• 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
• 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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