BIOL 4763 Ornithology – 22 Jan 08 to 9 May 08

University of Minnesota Duluth

Department of Biology

SSB 115

Laboratory LSci 330

 

Instructor:               Dr Gerald J Niemi, 720-4270, gniemi@d.umn.edu

                                    Professor, Department of Biology

                                    Director, Center for Water and the Environment, Natural Resources Research Institute

Class hours:            8:00 to 8:50 am, Tuesday and Thursday

Lab hours:              9:00 to 10:50 am, Tuesday or Thursday

Office hours:          11:00 to 12:00pm, Tuesday on campus in LSci 315 or at NRRI 430B, arranged

 

Lab asst:                 Ms Heidi Seeland, Graduate Research Assistant, 726.6262, seel0083@d.umn.edu

Office hours:          LSci 339, arranged

Handouts: 

- Syllabus

- Spring 2008 Bird List

- Independent Field Trip Note Sheets

- Independent Field Trip Protocol

- Example Exam

- Research Paper Guidelines

 

Miscellaneous:

- Top 30 species in nearby national forests

 

 

DATE

LECTURE

LAB

January 22

Organization

Origin and Evolution

 

Chapters 1-3

Taxonomy of Birds-orders

January 24

Origin and Evolution

 

Taxonomy of Birds-orders

January 29

Avian Adaptations -Lecutre 3

Chapters 4-6

Anatomy

January 31

Avian Adaptations -Lecture 4

 

Anatomy

February 5

Flight

 

Bird topography and feathers

February 7

Behavior and Communication

Chapters 7 and 8

Bird topography and feathers

February 12

Field trip, no lecture

 

Winter field trip

February 14

Field trip, no lecture

 

Winter field trip

February 19

Migration: Field trip notes due

Chapters 9-11

Lecture catch-up

February 21

Behavior

 

Lecture catch-up

February 26

Lecture exam 1

Chapters 1-11

Review of winter bird species

February 28

Avian Life Histories

Chapters 12-17

Review of winter bird species

March 4

Reproduction -Field trip notes due

Lab exam 1

March 6

Avian Populations

NOTE: Proposals for research projects are due

 

Chapters 18-19

Lab exam 1

March 11

Field trip: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip

March 13

Field trip

 

Field trip

March 17-21

Spring break

March 25

Metapopulations/Communities:

Field trip notes due

Chapter 20

Review of common forest birds

March 27

Communities/Landscapes

 

Review of common forest birds

April 1

Field trip: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip – field quiz

April 3

Field trip

 

Field trip – field quiz

April 8

Field trip: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip – field quiz

April 10

Field trip

 

Field trip-field quiz

April 15

Conservation: Field trip notes due

Chapter 21

Review of birds of wetlands and raptors

April 17

Lecture exam 2

 

Review of birds of wetlands and raptors

April 22

Field trip: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip – field quiz

April 24

Field trip

 

Field trip –field quiz

April 29

Field trip: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip – field quiz

May 1

Field trip

 

Field trip – field quiz

May 5 - 6

Field trip. Crex Meadows, WI; NOTE leave on Monday, May 5, from Biol Dept. at 6:00 pm and return by 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 6: Field trip notes due

 

Field trip – field quiz optional

May 8

Lab review of all bird species

 

 

May 13

FINAL EXAM (2:00 – 3:55 pm)

PROJECT REPORTS DUE

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Project reports, due on the day of final exams. 5 points will be deducted per day for each ‘working’ day (M-F) afterword

 

Required book:

 

Gill, Frank B. 2007. Ornithology. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, 758 pp.

 

Suggested field guide:

 

National Geographic Society. Field guide to the birds of North America. 2002. 4th edition, Wash. D.C.

 

Optional field guides - If you are already familiar with another field guide, then you may certainly use it.

 

 

Additional projects: There are 2 options for additional projects:

 

 

 

The research paper requires the development of a proposal for a field oriented research project that will be conducted during the semester. Proposals (1-2 pages including at least 5 citations) are due March 6, 2008. Proposals will be reviewed by the instructors and returned with comments and suggestions. The final paper is due by the day of the final exam on May 13, 2008. The paper is to be written in journal format (we will be using the journal The Auk format guidelines) complete with citations and data (see attachment).


 

Besides your regularly scheduled weekly field trip, you can turn in a summary of one field trip per week of the bird species that you observed. The field trip can be to any location but should be a minimum of 2 hours in duration and I suggest that most of them be in the morning. The attached field sheet summarizes each of the field trips that must be turned in on the following days (note all on Tuesday): February 19, March 4, March 11, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29, and May 6. Please note that details for those species listed with an asterisk need to be provided. We also strongly urge you to be cautious about your observations.

 

Laboratory field trips:

 

Field trips will begin promptly at 8:00am - except for the all-day field trip when we will leave on Monday, May 5, 2008.

 

We strongly urge you to be on time. An instructor will be in the lab no later than 7:45 am Please dress appropriately for the weather.

 

 

GRADING STRATEGY

POINTS

PERCENT

Mid-term examination

 

 

 

Lecture 1

140

21

 

Lecture 2

140

21

 

Lab exam quiz

80

12

Field identification: 4 quizzes

80

12

 

 

 

 

Final examination

Visual and song identification

150

23

 

 

 

Final research paper or

Summary of field observations (10x7 pts each)

 70

11

 

660

100

 

 

Promotion of bias-free instruction:

 

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all of its students shall have equal educational opportunities. Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class, are encouraged to inform the instructor at the start of the semester. Adaptation of methods, materials or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation. The University also expressly forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran's status, ethnicity, religion, creed, national origin, or marital status. If you believe that your instructor has not upheld this policy, you are invited to bring it to the confidential attention of the biology department head (207 SSB, 726-7263) or the associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering (140 Engineering, 726-7585).

 

 

Access for students with disabilities:

 

Individuals who have any disability, either permanent or temporary, which might affect their ability to perform in this class are encouraged to inform me at the start of the semester.  Adaptation of methods, materials, or testing may be made as required to provide for equitable participation.

 

Bird Songs:

Common Loon   Winter Wren
Pied-billed Grebe   American Robin
American Bittern   Hermit Thrush
Canada Goose   Cedar Waxwing
Wood Duck   Yellow-rumped Warbler
Mallard   Common Yellowthroat
Red-tailed Hawk   Chipping Sparrow
Ruffed Grouse   Song Sparrow
Killdeer   White-throated Sparrow
Mourning Dove   Dark-eyed Junco
Barred Owl   Northern Cardinal
Great-horned Owl   Red-winged Blackbird
Belted Kingfisher   Common Grackle
Northern Flicker   Brown-headed Cowbird
Eastern Phoebe   Baltimore Oriole
Red-eyed Vireo   Eastern Meadowlark
American Crow   Purple Finch
Common Raven   House Finch
Blue Jay   House Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee    
Red-Breasted Nuthatch    
White-breasted Nuthatch