One semester of college-level biology or equivalent; background in ornithology or vertebrate biology is recommended, but not required.
Explore the diverse and abundant seabirds and migratory songbirds of the Isles of Shoals as you gain an understanding of avian ecology, anatomy, physiology, and behavior. Students live among nesting Common Eiders, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Compile a species list during the course (current record is over 100 different species observed in just 2 weeks!). Field techniques include field identification, bird banding, and various census methods. Students will spend time each day at the Appledore Island Migration Banding Station and visit the Tern Conservation Project on White & Seavey Islands.
"I was fascinated by birds from an extremely young age, but unable to adequately pursue my passion until I took this class...I have never been so excited to step onto an island in my life, nor so unhappy to leave one. I am so glad i had this once-in-lifetime chance to attend a class..."- Emily Waldman (SML' 15, Cornell '16 )
Post-doctoral fellow, Biology Department, Canisius College
Dr. Covino has been a part of ornithological research on Appledore Island since 2003 when she began volunteering at the Appledore Island Migration Station (AIMS). She has returned to Appledore Island nearly every year since then while conducting her undergraduate, Master’s thesis and PhD thesis research on migratory songbirds. Recently, Dr. Covino was elected to the Wilson Ornithological Society council.
Photo by Sarah MacLean.
Appledore Island gull population research was featured in Living Bird magazine, summer 2016 issue.
- Check out this Shoals flickr set, taken by student Mitch Walters during Field Ornithology 2009.
- Read about UNH alum Justin Stilwell's experience at Shoals (Justin took Field Ornithology while he was a student at UNH!).