Spring 2016 Co-Instructor, Wildlife Field Techniques
Spring 2015 TA, Wildlife Field Techniques
Fall 2013 TA, Mammalogy
Developed and taught by Marcella Kelly, the class covers experimental design, invasive and non invasive techniques for capturing and marking animals, lethal capture, orienteering,mapping and knots. We do 6 weeks of lecture in the spring, and then 10 days of intensive hands on practice at Mountain Lake Biological Station in August. During field potions, students mist net birds and bats, trap small mammals, survey for herps, set up camera traps, learn the basics of radio telemetry and do an orienteering course. In small groups they do a research project, write up a scientific paper of the results and present it to the class. The course goals are to expose students to a variety of applied skills that will be useful to them whether they go into wildlife research and/or management.
Field Techniques students pose in front of a newly set up camera trap. August 2015
Pic by Katie Schroeder