Prerequisite: Living Environment/Biology.
This half-year field science elective is offered in the second semester. The course will cover diverse aspects of bird biology including anatomy, physiology, evolution, classification, ecology, reproduction, and behavior. The laboratory component will focus on identification (by sight and sound), taxonomy, natural history, and behavior of local avian species. Students will be expected to participate in outdoor excursions at least twice per week. Each student will be required to write a term paper on the natural history of any bird species. Students are asked to submit weekly lists of birds they have identified, as a fulfillment of the laboratory aspect of the class. Also required will be an annotated list of at least 20 internet sites visited by the student in addition to regular contributions to a school ornithology website.