Field Ornithology

Prerequisites

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

Equivalent Note

Cornell students: Biology & Society majors, this course fulfills the (II) Foundation Courses > (C) Biology Foundation > Biological Diversity requirement.
ALL STUDENTS: See the Financial Support & Scholarships page for details about a course-specific award which can be applied towards the cost of enrolling in Field Ornithology and other select SML courses for summer 2022.
CORNELL STUDENTS:
There is an additional need-based scholarship available for Cornell students enrolling in Field Ornithology.

Course Description

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 share the island with nesting Common Eiders, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Compile a species list during the course of some 100+ different species often observed during the 2 week course! 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 Program on White & Seavey Islands.

Students taking this course will:

  • Be able to identify songbirds and seabirds living and migrating through the Isles of Shoals;
  • Learn common ornithological field methods (e.g., bird banding, point counts, nest monitoring, etc.);
  • Understand the conservation challenges facing bird populations

 

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Internship opportunities: This course is recommended experience for SML's Seabirds & Plastic Pollution Internship and Gull Population Biology Internship.

"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. It truly was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." - Emily Waldman (SML' 15, Cornell '16)


Additional Resources

  • 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 alumni, Justin Stilwell '11 and Lindsay Moulton '15, studying the gulls of Appledore Island

Course Video

Status

Open

Course Numbers

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