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<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 4261</span><br>
 
<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 4261</span><br>
  
'''Spring 2012'''  
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'''Spring 2013'''  
  
 
'''Meets:''' Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m, TLS 371
 
'''Meets:''' Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m, TLS 371
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<font color= "#FF0000">Your emails to me '''MUST contain the phrase "EEB 4261” in the subject line;''' email received without that phrase, and especially those with a blank subject line, will be DELETED, unread.</font>
 
<font color= "#FF0000">Your emails to me '''MUST contain the phrase "EEB 4261” in the subject line;''' email received without that phrase, and especially those with a blank subject line, will be DELETED, unread.</font>
  
'''Teaching Assistant:''' '''[mailto:christopher.field@uconn.edu Chris Field]'''<br>
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'''Teaching Assistant:''' '''[mailto:manette.sandor@uconn.edu Manette Sandor]'''<br>
'''Office:''' PharmBio 310       '''Phone:''' 486-3005 <br>     
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'''Office:''' PharmBio 219       '''Phone:''' 486-7955 <br>     
'''Office Hours:'''  Wed. 12-2, or by appointment<br>
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'''Office Hours:'''  Mon 1:30 - 2:30; Wed. 12-1, or by appointment<br>
  
 
== Required Texts ==
 
== Required Texts ==
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!width="300"|Meeting notes, and other resources  
 
!width="300"|Meeting notes, and other resources  
 
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| Jan 20 ||P & L p. 274-281,286-287; Sibley p. 9-14; Clark p. 1-19  || Tools of the trade: Optics, Field Guides, Field Notes and Journals || Come dressed and ready to bird; meet in TLS 371
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| Jan 25 ||P & L p. 274-281,286-287; Sibley p. 9-14; Clark p. 1-19  || Course Intro: How We Roll + Tools of the trade: Optics, Field Guides, Field Notes and Journals || Come dressed and ready to bird; meet in TLS 371
 
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| Jan 27 || P & L p. 22-37, 47-65, 263-265; Sibley p. 15-21; Clark p. 21-40/ P & L p. 66-77  || North American bird Orders; Topography and Field Marks; Feet, Beaks and Body Form; Opportunities in Ornithology || Bring P & L to class; meet in TLS 371
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| Feb 1 || P & L p. 22-37, 47-65, 263-265; Sibley p. 15-21; Clark p. 21-40/ P & L p. 66-77  || North American bird Orders; Topography and Field Marks; Feet, Beaks and Body Form; || Bring P & L to class; meet in TLS 371
 
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| Feb 3 ||  Handouts || Tour of Mansfield birding spots ||
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| Feb 8 ||  Handouts || Tour of Mansfield birding spots ||
 
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| Feb 10 ||  Handouts|| Specimen preparation demonstration|| Come dressed to bird
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| Feb 15 ||  Handouts|| Opportunities in Ornithology - You Mean I Can Get Paid for This? || Come dressed to bird, bring your resume if you have one
 
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| Feb 17 || P & L p. 81-105    || Feathers & Aerodynamics  ||
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| Feb 22 || P & L p. 81-105    || Feathers & Aerodynamics  ||
 
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| Feb 24 || P & L Chapters 6 & 7, 205-209, 219-226|| Anatomy: musculature and internal organs  ||  NO BIRDING - we will need the whole class period for dissections. '''Bring your Proctor and Lynch to class!'''
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| Mar 1 || P & L Chapters 6 & 7, 205-209, 219-226|| Anatomy: musculature and internal organs  ||  NO BIRDING - we will need the whole class period for dissections. '''Bring your Proctor and Lynch to class!'''
 
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| March 2|| P & L Chap. 5 || Anatomy - Skeletons  ||  Check for weather, and come dressed to bird  
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| March 8|| P & L Chap. 5 || Anatomy - Skeletons  ||  Check for weather, and come dressed to bird  
 
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| March 9 || || '''MIDTERM EXAM'''; ''birding after''||   
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| March 15 || || '''MIDTERM EXAM'''; ''birding after''||   
 
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| March 16 ||  ||NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK - GO BIRDING! ||  
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| March 22 ||  ||NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK - GO BIRDING! ||  
 
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| March 23 ||Handouts ||Field Techniques: Survey methods  ||   
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| March 29 ||Handouts ||Field Techniques: Survey methods  ||   
 
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| March 30|| Proctor & Lynch p. 266-273 || Weather and Bird Movements: Go Outside to EXPERIENCE both! || [http://woodcreeper.com Monitor bird movements with Dave LaPuma!]  [http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/birdrad/ Clemson University Radar Ornithology Lab] [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/5/5d/Weather_lab.pdf Birds and Weather worksheet]
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| April 5|| Proctor & Lynch p. 266-273 || Weather and Bird Movements: Go Outside to EXPERIENCE both! || [http://woodcreeper.com Monitor bird movements with Dave LaPuma!]  [http://virtual.clemson.edu/groups/birdrad/ Clemson University Radar Ornithology Lab] [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/5/5d/Weather_lab.pdf Birds and Weather worksheet]
 
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| April 6 || || Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours ||   
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| April 12 || || Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours ||   
 
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| April 13 ||  Handouts ||  Field Techniques: Behavioral observations ||  
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| April 19 ||  Handouts ||  Field Techniques: Behavioral observations ||  
 
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| April 20||  ||  Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours||
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| April 26||  ||  Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours||
 
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| April 27||  || Bird, Bird, Bird - outside all four hours||
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| May 3||  || Bird, Bird, Bird - outside all four hours||
 
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| April 30 ||'''8:00 – 10:00 am'''|| '''FINAL EXAM in TLS 371'''||
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| May 6 ||'''8:00 – 10:00 am'''|| '''FINAL EXAM in TLS 371'''||
 
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'''COURSE POINT TOTAL  300 POINTS'''  
 
'''COURSE POINT TOTAL  300 POINTS'''  
  
'''Test 1:'''    60 points,    March 9    
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'''Test 1:'''    75 points,    March 15    
  
'''Final:'''    60 points,    April 30
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'''Final:'''    75 points,    May 6
  
'''Field Notebook:'''          30 points
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'''Field Notebook:'''          10 points
  
'''Worksheets/Quizzes'''  50 points  (5 at 10 points each)
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'''Worksheets/Quizzes'''  40 points  (4 at 10 points each)
  
 
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/f6/Independent_observation_guidelines.pdf '''Independent Field Observations:''']      35 points
 
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/f6/Independent_observation_guidelines.pdf '''Independent Field Observations:''']      35 points
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/department/collections/index.html '''Collections'''] '''Work:'''              20 points (4 hours at 5 points per hour).
 
[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/department/collections/index.html '''Collections'''] '''Work:'''              20 points (4 hours at 5 points per hour).
  
You are also expected to keep a [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/fe/Field_Notebook_Guidelines.pdf '''Field Notebook.'''] Notebooks will be collected for grading, at random, throughout the course of the semester. You will earn up to a maximum of 30 points for your notebooks (no more than 10 points per grading event);  '''you may not begin work on your independent observations until you have earned at least 20  points on your notebook'''.
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Note that '''you are required to keep a''' [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/f/fe/Field_Notebook_Guidelines.pdf '''Field Notebook.'''] Notebooks will be collected for assessment and feedback, at random, throughout the course of first half of the semester. '''You may not begin work on your independent observations (themselves worth 35 points) until you have demonstrated notebook competence''' AND '''you must achieve notebook competence by the midterm''' or forgo your opportunity to earn the 35 points from the independent observations. At the final assessment of your notebook, you will be awarded from 1 (just barely competent) to up to 10 points (EXCELLENT) for notebook skills.
  
 
== Academic Rules/Conduct ==
 
== Academic Rules/Conduct ==
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== Questions ==
 
== Questions ==
  
''If you have questions, by all means collar me or email me and ask. I will post both the questions (questioners will be anonymous) and answers here.  
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''If you have questions, by all means ask me in class or email me. I will post both the questions (questioners will be anonymous) and answers here.  
 
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== Useful and Amusing Links ==
 
== Useful and Amusing Links ==
  
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'''Vertebrate Collections Manager:''' Sue Hochgraf              susan.hochgraf@uconn.edu  860-486-8945
 
'''Vertebrate Collections Manager:''' Sue Hochgraf              susan.hochgraf@uconn.edu  860-486-8945
  
To sign-up, let Dr. Rubega or Chris know which date/hours you would like to work; refer here to see hours already taken. No more than 2 students in an hour block simultaneously, unless Sue Hochgraf approves it.
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To sign-up, let Dr. Rubega or Manette know which date/hours you would like to work; refer here to see hours already taken. No more than 2 students in an hour block simultaneously, unless Sue Hochgraf approves it.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:04, 24 January 2013

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Western Sandpiper; drawing copyright Bridget Keimel

Basic Course Information

EEB 4261

Spring 2013

Meets: Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m, TLS 371

Instructor: Dr. Margaret Rubega
Office: PharmBio 500 Phone: 486-4502
Office Hours: By appointment

Your emails to me MUST contain the phrase "EEB 4261” in the subject line; email received without that phrase, and especially those with a blank subject line, will be DELETED, unread.

Teaching Assistant: Manette Sandor
Office: PharmBio 219 Phone: 486-7955
Office Hours: Mon 1:30 - 2:30; Wed. 12-1, or by appointment

Required Texts

MANUAL OF ORNITHOLOGY (Yale Univ.), by N.S. Proctor and P.J. Lynch

BIRDS OF STORRS (Natchaug Ornithological Society) by G.A. Clark, Jr.

SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRDS (Knopf), by D.A. Sibley.(Eastern or North American Edition)

Class Schedule

(very subject to change; check back before every lab)

Date Required Reading Subject Meeting notes, and other resources
Jan 25 P & L p. 274-281,286-287; Sibley p. 9-14; Clark p. 1-19 Course Intro: How We Roll + Tools of the trade: Optics, Field Guides, Field Notes and Journals Come dressed and ready to bird; meet in TLS 371
Feb 1 P & L p. 22-37, 47-65, 263-265; Sibley p. 15-21; Clark p. 21-40/ P & L p. 66-77 North American bird Orders; Topography and Field Marks; Feet, Beaks and Body Form; Bring P & L to class; meet in TLS 371
Feb 8 Handouts Tour of Mansfield birding spots
Feb 15 Handouts Opportunities in Ornithology - You Mean I Can Get Paid for This? Come dressed to bird, bring your resume if you have one
Feb 22 P & L p. 81-105 Feathers & Aerodynamics
Mar 1 P & L Chapters 6 & 7, 205-209, 219-226 Anatomy: musculature and internal organs NO BIRDING - we will need the whole class period for dissections. Bring your Proctor and Lynch to class!
March 8 P & L Chap. 5 Anatomy - Skeletons Check for weather, and come dressed to bird
March 15 MIDTERM EXAM; birding after
March 22 NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK - GO BIRDING!
March 29 Handouts Field Techniques: Survey methods
April 5 Proctor & Lynch p. 266-273 Weather and Bird Movements: Go Outside to EXPERIENCE both! Monitor bird movements with Dave LaPuma! Clemson University Radar Ornithology Lab Birds and Weather worksheet
April 12 Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours
April 19 Handouts Field Techniques: Behavioral observations
April 26 Bird, Bird, Bird – outside all four hours
May 3 Bird, Bird, Bird - outside all four hours
May 6 8:00 – 10:00 am FINAL EXAM in TLS 371

Grading

Grading in this course is done on a straight percentage-of-points basis, i.e., to obtain an A, you need to earn 90% or more of the available points. The grades will not be "curved", and there will be no opportunities for "make-up" or "extra-credit" points. Attendance on the field trips is required. If you miss a field trip, you lose 5 points. If you miss a test, you will receive a score of zero. If you have a legitimate reason (for example, a death in your family) to miss a field trip or test, you may be excused (at the discretion of the instructors) IF AND ONLY IF you provide written documentation (for example, an obituary documenting a death in your family) within one week of missing the class or test. In cases where the instructors determine you have a legitimate excuse, there still will be no make-ups administered: you will be graded only on the basis of the points contained in the field trips and tests you did complete. NOTE that this method reduces the number of points you can afford to lose and still do well in the course.

SICK? First, do your level best to let us know before the field trip/class exercise/test. Second, if you are sick, believe us when we say that we don't want to see you in lab --- please be responsible, and don't spread germs by coming to class with a fever, or hacking and coughing. For illnesses, we pro-rate your grade on the basis of the point-bearing exercises you didn't miss. If you are sick for the final YOU MUST INFORM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES in order to be allowed to take a make-up after final exam week is over. The final exam is the only point-bearing exercise for which a make-up is possible.

These policies have been developed over years of teaching this and other courses, and are designed to ensure fair treatment of everyone by eliminating discrepancies in testing and evaluation, and by eliminating differences in the amount of field and study time available to students. I am very willing to discuss my reasoning for these policies, but if you try to talk me into making an exception to them for you, you will fail, and probably make me grumpy to boot.

Point Structure for Grading

COURSE POINT TOTAL 300 POINTS

Test 1: 75 points, March 15

Final: 75 points, May 6

Field Notebook: 10 points

Worksheets/Quizzes 40 points (4 at 10 points each)

Independent Field Observations: 35 points

SEE: Ebird Set-up Document and Point Count Protocol and Point Count Datasheet and Point Count Example.

Independent Field Observation Locations: Map of Hillside Environmental Education Projector View the locations on Google Earth/Maps

Field Trips: 45 points (Field trips are required: you lose 5 points for every missed trip. Note that field trips are VERY subject to change, depending on birds, weather, circumstances, and whim. Don't assume you know what you are going to miss!)

Collections Work: 20 points (4 hours at 5 points per hour).

Note that you are required to keep a Field Notebook. Notebooks will be collected for assessment and feedback, at random, throughout the course of first half of the semester. You may not begin work on your independent observations (themselves worth 35 points) until you have demonstrated notebook competence AND you must achieve notebook competence by the midterm or forgo your opportunity to earn the 35 points from the independent observations. At the final assessment of your notebook, you will be awarded from 1 (just barely competent) to up to 10 points (EXCELLENT) for notebook skills.

Academic Rules/Conduct

All students should be aware of the guidelines on academic integrity contained in the Student Conduct Code. The Conduct Code is available at http://www.dosa.uconn.edu/student_conduct.html.

Questions

If you have questions, by all means ask me in class or email me. I will post both the questions (questioners will be anonymous) and answers here.

Useful and Amusing Links

Online field guides

Bird songs online!

Feather Identification Resource Online! The Feather Atlas of North American Birds provided high-resolution scans of flight feathers of the major groups of birds; useful for comparison with found feathers whose origin you aren't sure of.

Field guide apps

An article from the NY Times on smart phone apps for birding

A feature comparison of various bird guide apps, inlcuding Sibley, Peterson, NatGeo, and iBird

A forthcoming app for automatically IDing bird song in the field

Apps for finding birds

Cornell's BirdsEye app (for finding recent sightings using the eBird database)

iCTBirds: an app for finding birds in CT using the Connecticut Ornithological Association's CTBirds listserv

A webpage that shows recent sightings from birding hotspots around Storrs (for free!), using the eBird database

Bird blogs

David Sibley's Blog, wherein the field guide guy riffs mostly on the finer and philosophical points of bird identification, and reports his experiments in window treatments to prevent bird strikes.

North Coast (Oregon) Diaries Comments on photo documentation versus detailed notes. See also the March 2, 2008 post on Ugly Gulls (browse Main calendar).

Jobs in Ornithology

Jobs in Ornithology, the job board for the Ornithological Societies of North America. THE central clearing house for field research internships and jobs.

ECOLOG-L listserve postings Job postings, other miscellaneous information and discussions about field ecology.

CT Beardsley Zoo Summer Internships

Collections Work Hours Sign Up

Vertebrate Collections Manager: Sue Hochgraf susan.hochgraf@uconn.edu 860-486-8945

To sign-up, let Dr. Rubega or Manette know which date/hours you would like to work; refer here to see hours already taken. No more than 2 students in an hour block simultaneously, unless Sue Hochgraf approves it.

Date 9 am 10 am 11 am 12 pm

(can only be worked consecutively after an 11 am block)

1 pm 2 pm 3 pm
Jan 31
Feb 7
Feb 14
Feb 21
Feb 28
Mar 7
Mar 14
Mar 21 Spring Break Collections Work GO BIRDING!
Mar 28
April 4
April 11
April 18
April 25
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