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Bird Science: An Introductory Survey

Dr. Dianne Jedlicka
SCIENCE 604 001
3 credits, Two-weeks

Ox-Bow provides a wonderful opportunity to observe many species of native birds in various habitats. This class will utilize the forest, meadow, dune, and lake in the vicinity by learning to identify local species followed by conducting observational research on select species. Worldwide distribution of the different bird families will then be looked at. The physics of flight, bird anatomy and physiology will be discussed. Lectures regarding egg laying, ecological and evolutionary adaptations and environmental influences on synchronization of egg hatching, food availability, predator/prey relationships, and migrations will be augmented by field trips to local zoos and museums. One identification test and two original written bird lab research papers will be required.


- Dr. Dianne Jedlicka -

 Dianne Jedlicka

Dianne Jedlicka

Dr. Dianne Jedlicka teaches numerous Biology courses at SAIC including Animal Behavior, Evolutionary Mammalogy, Ecology, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. Her primary research has been at the community level of organization focusing on the feeding strategies and predation of tree and ground squirrels based on their functional morphology. She recently published observational data collected on nocturnal foraging of the eastern cottontail rabbit. All of these animals are found throughout the Ox-Bow region and offer Dr. Jedlicka’s students ample opportunity for scientific observations. Dr. Jedlicka has also presented and published articles on new teaching methods and labs in the college classroom. Papers on mirror neurons and their implications for group behaviors is a current study topic of the Animal Behavior students. Mammals, birds, and of course, our own lagoon turtles will provide much insight into the animal kingdom.

Later Event: July 8