145-551-VA, Ornithology
The objectives are to learn, use, and master the main methods and equipment required in the census, inventory, conservation, and management of birds and their habitats. This course covers the techniques used for observation, inventory and sampling of populations, indices for age, sex, health, productivity and survival, causes of mortality, and the methods of habitat management. Legislation specific to various groups of birds (e.g. migratory species, endangered species, game species, and pests) are also included. The fieldwork stresses population monitoring through capture, species identification, aging, sexing, banding and record-keeping. Habitat analysis and management techniques are also demonstrated, particularly for economically important species.