Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Bird Identification

 Title Abbreviation:   BIRD IDENTIFICATION

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    232

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Natural history, biology, taxonomy, and identification of Pacific Northwest species.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the natural history, biology, and taxonomy of the major groups of birds in North America with emphasis on Pacific Northwest species.
  2. Describe how birds are related to other vertebrates.
  3. Cultural views and uses of birds.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

Course Contents

  1. Taxonomy of birds.
  2. Biogeography of bird families.
  3. Pacific Northwest bird species.
  4. Flight.
  5. Skin, scales, and feathers.
  6. Bones and muscles.
  7. Brain, nerves, and sense organs.
  8. Food, digestion, and feeding habits.
  9. Blood, respiration, and temperature control.
  10. Excretion, reproduction, and photoperiodism.