To understand the fundamental principles of avian ecology.
To apply concepts of ecology for managing avian communities, species, populations and their habitats.
To develop a knowledge of the techniques useful for realizing management plans for birds and their habitats.
To develop skills useful for bird handling, capturing, marking, radio-tagging, etc.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course will teach students to introductory issues of avian ecology, social organization, breeding systems and reproductive strategies, and migration strategies of birds. Furthermore, distribution models, habitat selection and foraging theory. It will also teach the factors that influence the breeding period, clutch size and habitat selection. It will demonstrate examples of survival strategies, interspecific relationships and prey-predator interactions focusing on birds. It will also demonstrate handling techniques, such as capturing, ringing, radio-telemetry, blood sampling, captive breeding, as well as habitat management techniques, such as artificial nest establishment etc.
habitat, birds, competition, conservation