Welcome to Ornithology AEC 501

Our goal for this course is to build a foundation of knowledge that will stimulate you to keep learning about birds for the rest of your life. Our approach will focus primarily on the behavior and ecology of birds, and the development of field skills.

Sightings - Extra Credit

Earn extra credit by adding species to the class list or answering the "Question of the Week."

Field Labs

Friday morning labs will focus on developing identification skills and understanding modern bird sampling methods.

Coastal Field Trip

We will visit the Outer Banks the weekend of January 20 - 21. Expect to see over 100 species on Pea, Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.


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News & Notes for Ornithology AEC 501 Spring 2018

Welcome to Ornithology 2018

The first day of class is Monday 8 January 2018. We meet in Room 102 David Clark Labs from 8:30 - 9:45 AM. The text for this class is Ornithology, Third Edition, by Frank Gill. It is available in the NCSU bookstore. You will also need a pair of binoculars and a waterproof field notebook. Contact Dr. Simons if you have questions.

Materials for Sampling Lab on Friday 12 January

We will meet in 282 David Clark from 08:00 - 11:00 on Friday 12 January to discuss avian sampling. Links to materials are provided below. Bring a laptop to lab and install the statistical software R before class. R for Windows or Mac is available HERE. Be sure to open R on your laptop to verify your installation before class. Nathan Hostetter will give an introduction to avian SAMPLING AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN and give and example of OCCUPANCY SAMPLING and an analysis in R using SAMPLE DATA for Blue Grosbeak. Shilo Felton will give an introduction to MULTIPLE OBSERVER sampling, illustrate an example of DOUBLE OBSERVER sampling in R, and describe the field lab on double observer sampling that we'll conduct on Friday 19 January.