Maria Ursula Valdez
Field, lecture, and laboratory study of birds from an evolutionary perspective. Emphasizes taxonomy, breeding systems, brood parasitism, appearance, molt, migration, orientation, social behavior, song, and flight. Includes Saturday and weekend field trips for which students are required to share a portion of transportation costs. Prerequisite: either BIOL 220, B BIO 220, or TESC 140; recommend BIOL 350 or BIOL 356.
This course will focus on the ecological, evolutionary and behavioral adaptations of birds with an emphasis in the local avifauna. The course will cover a wide range of topics on bird evolution and classification, adaptations to flight,bird physiology, foraging, mating, reproduction and breeding strategies, behavior, song and conservation among others. Lectures and labs will offer an opportunity to learn all of these topics in detail. Short field trips will be during lab time, but a couple of saturday/weekend field trips will be required. Students are required to share food costs of the two weekend trips. Transportation will be provided. LECTURE SECTION OF THIS COURSE WILL MEET: T TH FROM 1100-1220. ROOM TO BE DETERMINED. LAB SECTION WILL MEET W F FROM 800-1050 IN BURKE MUSEUM CLASSROOM BMM 112.
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