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Melanie Colón

Tropical Ornithology Field Course

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Field Projects International is currently registering students for a
field course on avian ecology and survey methods. This course will be
held in SE Peru, and will begin by exploring basic bird biology, as well
as the diversity of avian species in the Amazon. Next, we will practice
survey methods, including the proper use of mist nets in addition to
conducting point counts and line transects.

Finally, we will examine basic interactions between birds and their
habitats, review and analyze research articles, weigh conservation
issues and strategies, and discuss the implementation of ornithological
projects in the wild. Throughout the course we will have both daily
exercises and nightly lectures focused on avian natural history,
evolution, and taxonomy.

In their free time, participants will be able to canoe in a nearby oxbow
lake featuring giant river otters and hoatzins, paddle through a palm
swamp while spotting caiman and frogs, and climb a 60-meter tower to
view the forest canopy and watch for macaws and other avifauna.

June 16th – July 3rd, 2017

Course size is limited, spots are filled on a rolling basis until April
17th, 2017

$2250 (includes lodging, all meals at the field station, and
transportation from Puerto Maldonado to the field site and back)


This course will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station in
Southeastern Peru. Situated between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos
Rivers on terra firme forest rising above the floodplain, this field
station boasts incredible biodiversity that includes 11 primate species
and 595 species of bird.


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