Avian Field Identification for Use in Land Management (11:035:258)
Note: This syllabus is for general information about the course. The instructor will provide you with an updated syllabus specific for the semester of enrollment.
1 Credit. Pass/No-credit grading. This course provides students with the basic foundation for field identification of birds. Sight, sound, habitat, and flight pattern are reviewed. Students learn the fundamentals of bird identification, natural history, preferred habitats, and expected timelines for various species along the Atlantic Flyway in New Jersey, and how bird identification plays into land management decisions.
Note: This course was previously designated 11:015:258
The recommended field guide for this class is: Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North Amercia, Revised, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. The Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America may be substituted. Other field guides require the approval of the instructor.
Students will also need binoculars and a field journal.
Basis for Grading
Students are assessed according to performance on exams, field trip participation and preparedness, quality and effort of work, timeliness in completing assignments, and class participation. Students are expected to work independently, and to give credit the course textbook or all other research materials used.
Typical topics include:
- New Jersey's place on the Atlantic Flyway
- Basics of birding
- How to keep a field journal
- How to enter data on eBird
- How to identify birds
- Habitat, Range, Abundance, Time of Year
- Bird Conservation
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Attendance and Participation Policy
Attendance is mandatory on both class field trips, no exceptions.
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