Montana State University

Jay Rotella

Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-5676
Fax: (406) 994-3190
E-mail: rotella@montana.edu
Location: 308 Lewis Hall

BIOO 470 - Ornithology 

Spring 2015

Meeting Times & Location

Lecture: 10:00-10:50 M, W (222 AJM Johnson Hall)
Lab: 1:10-3:00 & 3:10-5:00 Th (407 Lewis Hall)

Course Description

Taxonomy, classification, identification, morphology, physiology, behavior, and ecology of birds. (Prerequisite: BIOO 310 - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy). The lab portion of the course emphasizes the classification and identification of Montana birds using a representative skin collection and CD-ROM teaching software.

Grading & Exam Schedule

Your grade will be based on lecture exams (3 non-cumulative exams, 100 pts. each) and lab practicals (8 lab quizzes, 10 pts. each; & 3 non-cumulative exams, 100 pts. each).

Lecture
Exams

Date Lab
Exams
Date
Exam 1 Feb  23 Exam 1 Feb 19
Exam 2 Apr 01
Exam 2 visual ID - Mar 26
acoustic ID - Apr 02
Exam 3 May 07
6 p.m.
Exam 3 visual ID - Apr 23
acoustic ID - Apr 30

Textbooks

  1. Gill, F. B. 2007. Ornithology. 3rd ed. W. H. Freeman and Co. 758pp.
  2. A field guide to birds. No specific field guide is required but you will need to have 1 of the following: Peterson's guide to Western Birds; Robbins, Bruun, and Zim's Guide to Birds of North America; The Audubon Society's bird guide; or National Geographic's guide to birds. The National Geographic's guide is certainly one of the best and is in the bookstore. Required
  3. Lab manual: purchase at Cards ‘N Copies in the Student Union (~$10).
  4. Lab handouts for labs 4-12
Updated: 12/05/2014