ESS 579: Wildlife Research Techniques

Synonym:

68899 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Jonathan Atwood

Credits:

2

Seats:

16

Semester:

Summer 2010

Meeting Schedule:

Sun 6/20 - 6/23 (8:30AM-4:29PM)

Description:

Competency Areas: CB – Req Alt; EAO, EE, Cert, IND & RMA – Elective
Restricted to Conservation Biology students from April 14 – 28. Open to all students on April 29. Prerequisites: Natural Resource Inventory-Wildlife or written permission of instructor

The objectives of this course are for students to become familiar with the methodology and challenges of conducting field studies of wildlife species, emphasizing terrestrial vertebrates, but also including terrestrial arthropods. Building on information presented in NRI-Wildlife, Wildlife Research Techniques will allow students to practice various field methods including fixed and variable radius point counts, bird-banding, territory mapping (including radio telemetry), behavioral observations, focal species surveys, capture-recapture techniques with birds and small mammals, pitfall arrays for sampling herps, use of cameras and track plates at bait stations, and collection and maintenance of voucher specimens
Pre-class reading will be assigned.