ESF 512: Field Mammalogy
Synonym:52473 (for web registration)
Meeting Schedule:Fridays 1/18 - 3/7 (1:15PM-4:15PM)
Fridays 3/28 - 5/9 (1:15PM-4:15PM)
Competency Areas: Natural Communities II
Section A: Restricted to ES students.
Section B: Restricted to Integrated Learning Science/Environmental Education students.
Winter, with its snow, provides the best opportunity for field experiences in keeping track of local mammals and for field study of their behavior and ecology. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the mammals of the region. Topics covered will include: scatology and the study of tracks and their value for ecological studies and school environmental education; the autecology of large rodents, including field trips to active dens and lodges; the autecology of the cervids, including a field trip to a winter deer yarding area; autecology of mustelids, canids, and felids – the larger mammals most sensitive to human actions; also issues in game and fur-bearer management. Class location – Harris Center.