Location: 207 Burris Hall
Integrated lecture / laboratory / field study examining the anatomy, physiology, identification, and natural history of birds. Students are expected to supply their own binoculars.
Three and one-half hrs per week of lecture/laboratory/field study.
Prerequisite: any Biology lab course,
consent of instructor. Credit: 3 hrs.
The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior, David A. Sibley, Knopf Publ.,
ISBN: 978-1400043866 (flexibind)
ISBN: 0679451234 (hardback)
Either binding is acceptable.
The Sibley Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern North America, David Sibley
ISBN: 978-0307957917, Knopf Publ., 2nd edition.
Course Materials (Lecture):
Course Syllabus (2017)
Study Guide - Exam I
Study Guide - Exam II
Study Guide - Exam III
Study Guide - Final Exam
Lab Exam II - Bird List
Lab Exam III - Bird List
Ornithology Field Trip Itinerary (Optional)
Lake Mattamuskeet, Manteo,
Jan 27 - 29, 2017.
Dr. Ed Mills
209 Bridges Biology Bldg
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
National Audubon Society
National Geographic Society - Birds animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds.html
Defenders of Wildlife
How To Choose Binoculars For Birding:
Tips on how to buy optics on a budget
Cornell Lab's full review of the best binoculars
on the market,
Caution on the use of bird song playback in nature - David Sibley
Lab attendance is mandatory. Always come prepared with proper equipment (binoculars, field guide, field notebook, no bright clothing colors). Quiet behavior is required and each student will help the instructor scout out birds. Failure to comply with these rules will result in dismissal from the lab.
All students are required to have binoculars in order to participate in lab. Binoculars must have a least 7x magnification; no requirements for brand or price.