R. H. Wiley: Teaching
AVIAN BIOLOGY WITH LABORATORY
SPRING SEMESTERS, 1:00-3:50 Wednesday & Friday, 218 WILSON HALL
OFFERED SPRING SEMESTER 2011!
[For important information about registration --
This course focuses on identification of North Carolina birds as a means
for understanding the evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation of
Students must enroll in the lectures and labs concurrently. The
lectures consist of discussions one afternoon a week. They serve as
preparation for the laboratories, which consist entirely of field trips on
By the end of the semester students have learned to identify many
North American birds and have had experience with major techniques for
studying birds and other animals in the field.
Students interested in field biology often use this experience to plan
summer internships or independent research projects.
WEEKEND FIELD TRIPS
This course offers nine field trips:
- seven trips early on Sunday mornings to locations nearby;
- one week-end trip to the Outer Banks in late January or early February;
- one overnight trip to the southeastern coast in April.
For local trips, we usually leave early and return by noon. It's a new
perspective on the world -- get a good alarm clock and come see what's
going on before most people are awake!
On our week-end trip in lat January or early February we visit the Outer Banks
at a time when there are far more birds than people!
In April we usually camp overnight ... some place with birds to awaken us in
the morning ... and even to keep us awake at night!
Biology Department vehicles provide the transportation for these trips.
We also have binoculars for everybody. For the trip to the Outer
Banks, the costs of rooms and most meals are shared by all participants (this
year not more than $65 per person).
Requirements include quizzes in class and reports on field trips.
In addition, each student writes a paper and makes a presentation on a topic
of the student's choice.
INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION
Enrollment is limited to one section of 12 students, so everyone can
participate in the field.
If you might be interested in this course, read the web site for the
course for more information.
If you are still interested in this course, please send me a note before registration begins in October
(briefly explain your interest in the course and include your PIN).
You may . . .
Seniors, juniors, sophomores, freshmen ...
- send an email message to
- stop by my office any time (323 Wilson Hall)
- call (962-1340) or email to make an appointment
- put a note in campus mail (address it to R. H. Wiley, Biology
any student who has had introductory biology and at least one other Biology
and an interest in biology outdoors ...
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