2013-14 Catalog

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Offering Description

Avian Research and Monitoring Methods: Winter Bird Ecology


Winter 2014 quarter

Alison Styring ornithology
Fields of Study
biology, ecology, environmental studies, field studies, mathematics, natural history and zoology
Preparatory for studies or careers in
ornithology, wildlife biology, conservation, biology
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.

Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online
Greener Store
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.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
February 28th, 2013 New program added.