Field Ornithology

Course Dates

May 29, 2017 to June 12, 2017


One semester of college-level biology or equivalent; background in ornithology or vertebrate biology is recommended, but not required.

Equivalent Note

Cornell students: This course fulfills the "Biology Foundation, Biological Diversity" requirement for Biology & Society majors.

Course Description

Field Ornithology 2015

Field Ornithology 2015

The diverse and abundant birds of the Isles of Shoals as your primary laboratory material as you gain an understanding of avian ecology. Student live among nesting eiders, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Course topics include avian diversity, anatomy, ecology, physiology, and behavior. Field techniques include field identification, bird banding, and various census methods. Students will be welcome daily to observe the activities of the Appledore Migration Banding Station.

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"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 )


Dr. Kristen Covino:

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.

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Course Numbers

Cornell: BIOSM 3740 (3 Credits)
UNH: MEFB 510 (4 Credits)