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Wildlife Biology-BISC 419

Winter 2000

 The goal of the course is to present and discuss general biological principles relevant to the management of wildlife populations. Wildlife will be defined broadly to include both game and non-game vertebrate, mostly endothermic, terrestrial, free-living species of commercial, recreational or educational interest to humans. Wildlife management, which is the art of finding compromises between competing human interests that involve wildlife, will not be covered. In lectures general principles will be presented and elucidated using case studies taken from the literature. In the lab sessions we will first learn about the characteristics and diversity of  mammals and birds, with an emphasis on local fauna. This will be followed by a more in-depth study of avian anatomy, and depending on our luck, an expose of avian parasites. Finally, there will be a term paper (more details later) and a very interesting final exam.

Instructor.- Dr. George A. Lozano

Teaching Assistant.- Brent Gurd

Lectures.- Tue and Thu 12:30 AQ3005
Labs.- Tue, Wed, and Thu 13:30

Textbook.- None, but it would be useful to get bird and mammal field guides.

Final Exam.- April 18, 2000.

Lab Exam    20%
Paper      20%
Midterm Exam      30%
Final Exam 30%
January 11 lab 1.- Mammalia I
January 18 lab 2.- Mammalia II
January 25 lab 3.- Aves I
February 1  lab 4.- Aves II
February 8     lab 5.- Aves III
February 15 Labs cancelled
February 22 lab 6.- Bird Anatomy and parasites I

February 29

lab 7.- Bird Anatomy and parasites II
March 7  lab 9.- Field Trip
March 14 lab 10.- Work on your paper
March 21 LAB EXAM in during class hour, on Thursday!!
March 28 lab 12. Prepare for the final
April 4 lab 13.- Prepare for the final



I will attempt to cover the following topics in lecture, in more or less this order.

Energy requirements


-Metabolic rates (basal, resting, field)

-Physical space

-Cover and refugia



-Digestive anatomy and physiology

Physiological condition indices (Dr. Chris Guglielmo)

Energy Transfer

-Food chains

-Trophic levels

-Stable isotopes

Interactions 1.- Predation

Interactions 2.-Competition

Interactions 3.- Parasitism, Disease and Immunity

Statistics-very basic

Population Biology

-life-history tables

-death, birth, migration, emigration

-dispersal (natal and breeding)

-censusing techniques

-additive vs. compensatory mortality

-maximum and optimum yields

Island biogeography (Brent Gurd)

Seabird conservation (Dr. Doug Bertram)

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