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Lecture Syllabus

The syllabus provides a summary of lecture topics, lab activities, assigned readings and assignment due dates. Friday morning lab topics, meeting locations, and field trip times and locations are included. The syllabus is subject to revision during the semester. Check the course web page for updates as well as announcements and details about labs and field trips.

Date Day Topic Chapters Readings Notes Deadlines
1/8 M

Course Overview
Why study birds?

1/10 W Sampling and Detection Probability  

How You Count

Measurement Error

Rosenstock et al. Auk 2002

Detection Probability


1/15 M Classification, Evolution, Origin of Birds 1,2,3

4Winged DinoSummary.pdf


Feather Evolution

Chapters 1-3

1/17 W Holiday        
1/22 M

Flight - Anatomy, Form and Function



Chapter 4

1/24 W Flight 5

Power Curves and Bird Flight.pdf

Frigatebird Flight Performance.pdf

Chapter 5

1/29 M Physiology 6  

Chapter 6a

1/31 W Feeding I 6  

Chapter 6b

2/5 M Feeding II        
2/7 W Senses, brain, vision 7

Birds and Chili Peppers

UV Vision in Birds.pdf

Chapter 7

2/12 M EXAM I        
2/14 W Vocalizations 8   Chapter 8  
2/19 M  Annual Cycles 9  

Chapter 9

2/21 W Migration 10

Albatross Data Loggers.pdf

Migrants and Stable Isotopes.pdf

Stutchbury Science 2009.pdf

Migration double breeding.pdf

Kays Animal Tracking

Chapter 10

2/26 M Orientation, & Navigation 10

Cochran 1.pdf



Migrant Memory.pdf

Chapter 10

First scientific writing assignment due

2/28 W Social Behavior 11 Grubb Winter Flocks.pdf Chapter 11  
3/5 M Spring Break    


3/7 W Spring Break    


3/12 M Mates and Breeding Systems 12,13 Bowerbird Illusions Chapters 12,13  
3/14 W Reproduction 14   Chapter 14  
3/19 M Nests and Incubation 15  

Chapter 15

3/21 W Parental Care Brood Parasitism Cooperative Breeding 16 Mafia Cowbirds Chapter 16a  
3/26 M Growth and Development 16


Chapter 16b

3/28 W EXAM II        
4/2 M Demography 17 Ricklefs 2000.pdf Chapters 17&18  
4/4 W Populations 18

Martin Clutch Size.pdf

Martin Clutch Size2.pdf

TREE Clutch Size.pdf

  Second scientific writing assignment due
4/9 M Species and Communities 19,20   Chapters 19 & 20  
4/11 W Conservation: Legislation, Major Principles  

Umbrella Species.pdf

Extinction in birds.pdf

Chapter 21  
4/16 M Neotropical Migrants  

Wilcove Artificial Nest.pdf

State of the Birds

Birding in the US (optional)


Neotropical Migrants,
Marine Birds,
4/18 W

Marine Birds, Shorebirds

Alaskan Adventure!

    Neotropical Migrants,
Marine Birds,
4/23 M In Class Identification Test        
4/25 W

Lab Project Presentations



Final Exam
102 DCL