Summer 2021, No courses due to Covid.

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The forests and alpine tundra of the southern Rocky Mountains provide an exciting setting to learn about the natural history, ecology, and evolution of subalpine and alpine birds. In this field oriented course, we will use lectures, hikes, and field-based studies to develop a deep understanding of the classification, distribution, behavior, physiology and ecology of birds, the evolution of the Rocky Mountain avifauna, and threats to avian biodiversity.

In the field we will use various methods to study birds, including mist netting, point counts, behavioral observation of nest boxes, and recognition of bird song. Classes will begin in the very early morning and continue until mid-late afternoon.

Instructor: Dr. Scott Taylor, University of Colorado Boulder
Location: Mountain Research Station (Nederland, CO) and surrounding areas
Dates & Times: N/A 
Credit: 3 credit hours in biology (EBIO 4100)
Tuition: N/A (Includes room in a 2-person rustic cabin and all meals at the Mountain Research Station on days when class is in session)

Prerequisite: One year course work in general biology.

Prerequisite:  All students will be required to take "Animal Care and Use Training" before the first day of class.  Training is on-line and takes 2-3 hours.  Training is required to do any animal handling.  Additional required training, Health and Occupational Safety training will be provided on the first day of class.  Instructions on accessing on-line training will be e-mailed several weeks before class.

For More Information:

Course Syllabus (pdf)

Dr. Scott Taylor
University of Colorado

Questions about staying at the Mountain Research Station during your course?  See our Guide to Visiting and Living at the Station.

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