BIO 130 The Biology and Behavior of Birds

This is an introduction to the biology of birds and their behavior. Special emphasis will be given to species of the United States and Massachusetts. A wide range of topics will be presented including: field identification; bird diversity and taxonomy; courtship and nesting; feather structure, flight, and migration; physiology, including respiration, circulation and feeding strategies; and visual and vocal communication. Students will be required to attend two field trips on either Saturday or Sunday (weather permitting); one in February and one in May. Classes meet twice weekly in a combined lecture/laboratory setting. Three class hours and two laboratory hours weekly. Instructional Competency met: Scientific Reasoning and Discovery (3.0) 4 credits Spring

4 credits
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