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BIO 723 Ornithology
3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours; 4 credits
A comprehensive introduction to ornithology. Lecture will introduce bird structure and behavior with emphasis on (1) anatomical and physiological adaptations for flight, (2) ecology and reproductive behavior, (3) song and its function, and (4) migration and distribution. Most laboratory sessions will be field trips for locating and identifying birds, observation of bird behavior, and recording bird songs. One or more laboratory sessions will include anatomical dissection and behavior of captive birds. There will be at least one overnight field trip to study nocturnal migration.
Prerequisite: BIO 322 or BIO 338 or BIO 360 or equivalent,
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