Avian Research and Monitoring Methods: Winter Bird Ecology


Winter 2014 quarter

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Students must have completed a year of college level biology and completed at least one quarter of coursework in evolutionary biology, natural history/taxonomy, and mathematics.  

Birds are considered important indicators of habitat quality and are often the focus of conservation-oriented research, restoration, and monitoring.  A variety of field and analytical methods commonly used in bird monitoring and avian research will be covered.  Theory will be applied to practice in the field and lab where students will develop skills in fieldwork, data management, and statistical analysis.  Students will demonstrate their learning through active participation in all class activities; a detailed field journal; in-class, take-home, and field assignments; and a final project. 

An understanding of avian natural history is important to any successful project, and students without a working knowledge of the common birds in the South Puget Sound region are expected to improve their identification skills to a level that will allow them to effectively contribute to class efforts both in the field and in class.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

ornithology, wildlife biology, conservation, biology

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online:

Special Expenses

$100 for project and field supplies.

Upper Division Science Credit

This program is an upper division science program.  Students may be awarded upper division science credit upon completion of coursework according to specified standards that will be distributed at the beginning of the program.


Date Revision
February 28th, 2013 New program added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Winter)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25



Students must have met the prerequisites. Due to the emphasis on fieldwork, the weekly field schedule will vary throughout the quarter. Because optimal conditions for bird study are based on weather conditions, tides, and sunrise, students must be available to work in the field on relatively short notice (1-3 days in advance).  Possible times for fieldwork are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday.

Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 20301

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