Biology 309 or Biology 215
This course presents birds both as a unique group and as representative of vertebrates. It emphasizes evolution, systematics, physiology, morphological specialization, ecology, and behavior of birds, and introduces students to methods used in ornithological research. Laboratory meets on alternate Saturday or alternate Sunday mornings and emphasizes field identification, field techniques, morphology, habitat relationships, migration, behavior, and information literacy. Some lab projects require work outside of scheduled lab periods. Living and preserved bird specimens are used. Field trips required. Formerly listed as BIOL 215.