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Biology 130: Methods in Field Biology

Morro bay mud flats

Monarch Tagging Photos

Important Information:

 

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

Week 1

20 Jan

Introduction to Field Ecology,
Project ideas

EBS 210

Sign up for TA for the day, sign up for pre-meeting with Michelle or Adam for TA for the Day.

Week 2

27 Jan

Tagging Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Tagging Location

Monarch Tagging

Week 3

3 Feb

 

 

Field Journals due by 1pm

Week 4

10 Feb

Field leadership team meeting with Michelle and Adam (Big Creek)

Prep for Big Creek

EBS 210

  • Project Topics Due
  • Meet with Michelle or Adam during class time to finalize leadership activity
  • Bring the gear you will be bringing on the field trip. We want to make sure everyone will be prepared- clothing, shoes, pack, sleeping bag and pad, tent (if you are bringing one), rain gear etc.

Week 5

17 Feb

Holiday

 

 

Week 6

24 Feb

Plant Phenology
Insect Communities

SBBG

Plant Phenology


Week 7

3 Mar

Small Mammal Trapping and Parasites

Coal Oil
Point

Mammal Trapping

 

Week 8

10-12 March Rancho Marino

Rancho Marino Reserve
Itinerary and gear list

Behavior (Elephant Seals) Elephant Seals
Tracking and Camera Traps Track Stations and Camera Traps
Physical Stream survey (light, structure, flow)

Stream Assessment (Physical Characteristics/Water Quality)

Clam surveys

 
Insect and Spider survey Insect and Spider Surveys
Other insect survey methods: Pitfall Taps
Pond productivity  
Invertebrate survey Invertebrate survey
Telemetry Telemetry

Intertidal Survey (Diversity)

Intertidal Survey

 

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

Week 9

17 March

 

Week 10

24 March

Prep for weekend trip (TA prep)

Field leadership team meeting with Michelle and Adam (Big Creek)

EBS 210

Meet at 8:00am, not likely to take more than a couple of hours.
Useful Information about the Reserve at Santa Cruz Island

Project Outline Due

Meet with Michelle or Adam during class time to finalize leadership activity

27 Mar - 1 April Spring Break

Week 11

7-9 April

Santa Cruz Island

Marine Mammal Surveys Marine Mammal Surveys
Bat Surveys Bat Surveys
Dawn Chorus  
Direct Censusing: point counts (birds)

Bird Censusing
Birds of Santa Cruz Island

Intertidal Survey (Abolone Size Frequency) Abalone Size Frequency
Animal tracking (mammals)

Track Stations and Camera Traps

Scat Surveys (we will discuss this as part of tracking) Scat Surveys/Analysis
Animal Behavior (Island Foxes) Animal Behavior (Island Foxes)

 

Date

Topic

Location

Assignments/Readings (read before class)

Week 12 14 April GPS and GIS mapping of invasives CSMR GPS/GIS Carpinteria Salt Marsh
Week 13 21 April Remote Sensing and Vegetation Surveys

Coal Oil
Point

Directions

Remote Sensing
Measuring & Monitoring Plant Populations

Week 14

28 April

 

On own

Meet in your groups for final presentations
Field Journals Due

Week 15

5 May

Project Presentations

EBS 210

 

Week 16

12 May

Final meeting 8-10am

EBS 210

 


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