ENV 399: Case Studies in Ecological Restoration
3 credits
May 20-27, 2019 (online)
May 28-June 7, 2019 (residential)
Ecological restoration is a process of assisting the recovery of degraded or damaged ecosystems, but is inherently a process that integrates social-cultural systems.  In this context, ecological restoration has evolved as a discipline that concerns itself with the recovery and building of social-ecological resilience, simply because ecosystems and human systems are not mutually exclusive.   This course begins with an online overview of the emergence and evolution of ecological restoration as a profession, including early critiques and contemporary thoughts on its application to social and cultural resilience. For the residential portion, students will explore, examine and evaluate different case studies in various ecosystems centered around the Adirondacks for both their ecological merit and their social-cultural implications.
Tuition is $495 per credit hour. Room and board are $330 per week.

BIO 399: Field Ornithology
3 credits
May 20-June 8, 2019
This course is designed as a field-based course. The course will address bird morphology, behavior and vocalizations as it relates to bird identification and will include many field trips to local birding areas. Students investigate the evolutionary history, ecology, behavior and conservation of these amazing animals and learn to identify individuals to species by sight and sound. The field laboratories give practical experience with the techniques used in the study of ornithology and focus on identification of species breeding in the Adirondacks.
Tuition is $495 per credit hour. Room and board are $330 per week.

FOR 380: Understory
3 credits
June 9-28, 2019
In this course, students will explore and develop skills in classifying the understory and ground cover flora of the region including ferns, club mosses, wildflowers and shrubs. Students will learn the lifecycles, anatomy and features used to identify plants and learn various characteristics of plants including edibility, toxicity, habitat and protective status. This course will help train those interested in conducting research and leading interpretive walks for the public. Classes will be held in the field and in the classroom.
Tuition is $495 per credit hour. Room and board are $330 per week.
Prior knowledge of botanical nomenclature is beneficial. Prerequisite(s) FOR 110: Dendrology or BIO 204: Plant Biology.

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