Black Rock Forest Consortium Summer Science Classes/Camps
From Bird Songs to Bee Nests: An Introduction to Animal Behavior in Black Rock Forest
July 22, 2013 - July 26, 2013
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Instructor: Ansel Payne, Graduate Student in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History
Summer is a busy time in the eastern deciduous forest. With nests to build, mates to attract, and predators to avoid, animals have to work hard to stay alive and prosper in an ever-changing environment. This class takes an in-depth look at that work, and introduces students to the exciting study of animal behavior. Short lectures will build a foundation for an evolutionary understanding of why animals do what they do, while daily fieldwork will introduce students to modern techniques in observation and experimental design. Major examples will focus on bird and insect models, two very different kinds of animals that have evolved similar strategies to survive and reproduce. Throughout, the Forest will serve as both a classroom and a living showcase of animal behavior.
Offered July 22 - 26, 2013 - half day classes, high school only. Classes available in the morning and afternoon.
This offering is part of the Black Rock Forest Consortium's Summer Science Series of week-long learning experiences for middle and high school students, which are at the Black Rock Forest Consortium - a private 4,000-acre preserve.