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IB 461



Course Description

Ornithology (the study of birds) includes lectures, labs, and field trips all designed to introduce students to the amazing and diverse world of birds, including their eggs and nests. The lectures will cover topics ranging from the evolution of birds (from dinosaurs), to bird intelligence, to conservation management. The labs and field trips focus mainly on introducing students to the birds of Illinois and their natural history. Birds are often used as model organisms to study ecology, evolution, physiology, and behavior, and we will use this rich collection of information to not only learn more about birds but also increase and develop the students' understanding of these fundamental topics.


Instructor Information

Prof. Mark E. Hauber
Department of Animal Biology
Morrill Hall;


Credit: 4 hours
This course is an Area I (A1) course (Organismal & Evolutionary Biology).


Please note that the syllabus and other course information may change throughout the semester. Changes will be announced in lecture and on the course Moodle site.