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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Winter Session 2020 will run from December 26, 2019 to January 18, 2020, with three-week on-campus classes beginning on January 2, 2020. We will update the Winter Session site in September. If you would like to receive an email when this happens, please join our email list. In the meantime, you may want to browse through the site to get an idea of what we offer.

Tropical Field Ornithology in the Dominican Republic

January 8-22, 2016


Course description

Provides students with the opportunity to study birds intensively in a neotropical environment. Students learn observational and field techniques, participate in group research projects and in daily seminars. See the website for more information. Outcome 1: Students will be able to describe their observations (supported with field sketches), identify observed birds, and place them in the proper taxonomic group. Outcome 2: Students will be able to understand and explain what observed bird behavior means (foraging, aggressive, territorial, reproductive,) and place it in the relevant ecological context. Outcome 3: Students will be able to ask critical questions about scientific papers, discuss them and summarize their main findings. Outcome 4: Based on their observations, readings and discussions, students will be able to identify an interesting question, formulate appropriate hypotheses, and explain their relevance. Outcome 5: Students will design field observations and experiments required to test hypotheses and carry out the necessary field work. Outcome 6: Students will be able to analyze and interpret the observations, explain and defend their interpretations and conclusions.

Permission of instructor required. Enrollment limited to 14 students with limited or no bird knowledge. Housed in the Biodiversity Cente, Punta Cana., Daily fieldwork, disc, reading, individual project; field trips to Dominican Republic national parks.


The next offering of this course is undetermined at this time.

Tuition and fees

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