ESF 531: Avian Nesting Ecology

Synonym:

68808 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Jonathan Atwood

Credits:

2

Seats:

16

Semester:

Summer 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 6/3 - 6/24 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Mon 6/7 (8:00AM-4:29PM)

Description:

Competency Areas: Natural Communities elective
Restricted to ES students from April 14 - 28. Open to all students on April 29.

Birds nest in a variety of habitats in southern New Hampshire, ranging from coastal dunes to grasslands to mixed forests. This field-oriented course will involve trips to local areas, where we'll see species engaged in various aspects of breeding, including courtship, nest-building, territorial defense, and feeding of young. In the context of our observations we will discuss the life history strategies of our local breeding species, consider how birds "fit" into the broader ecosystem, and discuss ways that birds often focus public attention on larger conservation issues.