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Introduction to Field Ornithology: Birds of Vermont

Intensive Summer Workshop
Add to My CalendarMay 26-Jun 08, 2017
Last Date to register: Friday, May 12th, 2017

 

Field study of birds. Two-week (12 day) course; daily field exercises; equivalent of three lecture hours and three lab hours each day. Offered during end of spring migration and beginning of breeding season at various field sites throughout Vermont. Students must arrange their own transportation to and from primary field location.

 

Summer Workshop Cost:

  • For-Credit Registration: $1,495.  This 3-credit course fee covers tuition and program fee.
  • Workshop Only Registration: $1,000.  This registration allows for full participation in the intensive 2-week workshop without academic credit.

 

Deadline to Register is Friday, May 12, 2017.

 

Required Text:

Sibley, D. A.  2016.  The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: 2nd Edition.  A. A. Knopf Pub, New York, NY.

 

Larkwire (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/larkwire-birdsong-master-birder/id544499991?mt=8) or other Ipod or android listening device is strongly recommended for learning bird song.

 

Course Learning Objectives:

1)    Recognize the common birds of Vermont by sight and sound.

2)    Understand the diversity of life history strategies employed by the birds of Vermont.

3)    Recognize the major vegetative communities in Vermont and the breeding birds most closely associated with those.

4)    Demonstrate a working knowledge of field ornithology techniques.

5)    To gain knowledge about the natural history and adaptations of a selection of migrant and breeding birds observed in springtime in Vermont.

6)    To understand the status, threats and conservation of migrant and breeding birds found in Vermont.

7)    Maintain a detailed and professional field journal.

 

Tentative Schedule:

 

 

Morning

Afternoon

Evening Lecture

Day 1

 

Students arrive at VINS Nature Center

Introduction to ornithology

2

Mist Netting

Bird Sounds 1-10

Topography Review

3

Mist Netting

Bird Sounds 11-20

Avian Communication

4

Mist Netting

Move to Lake Champlain

Waterfowl Introduction

5

Waterfowl Field

Waterfowl Field

 

6

Waterfowl

Field Quiz #1

Grassland Bird Introduction

7

Grassland Birds

Bird Sounds of the Grasslands

Avian Behavioral Ecology

8

Grasslands

Travel to Northeast Kingdom

Boreal Birds

9

Moose Bog

Mountain Transect

Return to VINS

10

Northern Hardwoods

Field Quiz #2

Evolution of Birds

11

Riparian and wetland Habitats

 

Conservation of birds

12

Raptors (VINS)

Review

Final Exam

13

Mist Netting

Departure

 

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