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Biology & Conservation of Birds, Highland Biological Station, May 12-24

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Biology & Conservation of Birds

May 12-24 - Dr. Richard Bierregaard, UNC-Charlotte

Bird diversity is extremely high in the southern Appalachian mountain and Blue Ridge Escarpment region, an area that includes a wide range of plant community types over a nearly 4000-foot range in elevation. This basic course in ornithology covers morphology, systematics, ecology, conservation, and behavior of birds. Numerous field trips in the local area will acquaint students with the rich bird fauna of the region.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology, ecology, or permission of instructor. Syllabus (from 2012).


Course fee: $700 per two-week course ($600 for students from HBS member institutions in good standing)


Course credit fee: Summer courses can be taken for 3 semester hours credit and workshops can be taken for one hour credit. Receiving credit for these courses is optional.

Courses are offered for 3 semester hours of credit through UNC-Chapel Hill (undergraduate credit) or Western Carolina University (undergraduate for current WCU students only; or graduate credit for all students).

Workshops may be taken for one semester hours of credit through Western Carolina University. The fee is $55 per workshop plus a $50 application fee for non-WCU students.


Undergraduate credit:

UNC-Chapel Hill (non-UNC students may receive through UNC and then have it transferred to their home institution): $55

Western Carolina University (WCU): $55 (for current WCU students only)


Graduate credit:

WCU: $85 per course plus an additional $50 application fee that applies to non-WCU students (for a total of $135)


Housing fee: $75-125 per week, depending on accommodations (optional)


Financial Aid: The Highlands Biological Foundation, Inc. offers limited financial aid, typically a subsidy for a portion of the course fee, available to qualified students. Contact the Station at 828-526-2602 for further information.

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