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CANCELED: Mammals Course Ends (15th-26th)

June 26 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Southern Appalachian Mammals: June 15 – 26

Dr. Ed Pivorun, Clemson University & Ms. Rada Petric UNC-Greensboro (download syllabus)

This mammals course will emphasize the mammalian fauna of the Southern Appalachians. We will have traditional lectures on mammalian anatomy, evolution, orders, physiology and ecology for about 1 ½ hours every morning. Field work will emphasize live trapping techniques. Mammals tend to be nocturnal. Thus, all traps will be set out in the late afternoon and will be checked early the next morning. These efforts will allow the student to become familiar with as many living local species of mammals as possible. The field work will examine the importance of specific habitats for the distribution and density of specific species. After a short break, we will move into the lecture setting until noon. In the early afternoon, after lunch, we will spend another 1 ½- 2 hours to do some more of the traditional mammalogy labs on anatomy, identification and keying. An interactive DVD/flash drive provided to each student contains high resolution images of the skulls of each species native to the Appalachian forests. This is an excellent study aid that is used in conjunction with the actual skulls and study skins of each species.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology, zoology, or permission of the instructor.

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Date:
June 26
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm