Subject: Field Course: Tropical Ornithology (Peru)
Course Title: Tropical Ornithology: Avian Ecology and Survey Methods
Dates: June 16th to July 3rd, 2017
Location: Los Amigos Biological Station, Southeastern Peru
Registration: April 17th, 2017, or until all slots are filled
Course Fee: $2250 (includes meals, lodging, and transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the field site and back)
Course Description: This course will begin by exploring basic bird biology, as well as the diversity of avian species in the Amazon. This will include both daily exercises and nightly lectures focused on avian natural history, evolution, and taxonomy. Next, we will focus on survey methods, which are crucial for understanding population declines due to climate change, habitat loss, and other causes. Conservation actions aimed at preserving avian diversity and the habitats they share with other species depend on information gained through the techniques we will practice, such as deploying mist nets or conducting point counts and line transects.
Finally, we will examine basic interactions between birds and their habitats, review and analyze research articles, weigh conservation issues and strategies, and discuss the implementation of ornithological projects in the wild.
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