This course introduces the student to the biology of birds and the methods of modern field studies, identification, life histories, ecology, and behavior of birds, with an emphasis on local species. The course involves a major field component (i.e., observing and identifying birds in their natural habitats or “birding”) complemented by investigations into aspects of bird biology and ecology, such as habitat use, bird morphology and flight, song, nesting and reproductive behavior, and migration. No previous experience with birds is expected. Lecture and lab may include demonstrations, discussion, and field trips. (High school biology strongly recommended or permission of the Department Chair of Natural Sciences)