Summer Ornithology: Birds in the Hand

Summer 2014 quarter (Session II)

Taught by

ornithology, wildlife biology, animal ecology and behavior

Summer Ornithology is a three week bird-banding course taught entirely in the field.  We leave campus on the first day, travel through some of the best birding country in Oregon, then over the next few days find and set up camp in a place where we can net, process, and band a sufficient number of birds to provide all students with appropriate experience.  We spend the next two weeks netting, processing, banding, and releasing several hundred birds of about 25 species.  We focus on aspects of banding protocol, including net placement, removing birds from nets, identification, sexing, ageing, and record-keeping.  We balance the in-hand work with field identification and behavioral observations, and during the last week we tour Steens Mountain and the Malheur area.  This course has been taught for over 30 years, and more than 24,000 birds have been banded during that time.  Lower or upper-division credit is awarded depending of the level of academic achievement demonstrated. A photo essay on this program is available through Inside Evergreen and a slide show is available through flickr .

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day, Evening and Weekend

Advertised schedule: Three weeks of travel at the beginning of second session (Jul. 29 - Aug. 16)


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning: No access to web tools required. Any web tools provided are optional for students.

Required Fees

$800 for transportation and food.  All field equipment (except personal gear) supplied by instructor; meals are prepared by a professional cook.

Upper Division Science Credit

Upper-division science credit awarded for upper-division work.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 15


Course Reference Number

Second Session (8 credits): 40131

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