In this 5-day intensive course (July 15–19, 2024), we will use various scientific methods to study Vermont’s wildlife. Central to effective conservation and management of ecosystems is a deep understanding of the ecological needs and life histories of the wildlife that inhabits these landscapes. This course focuses on the ecology, life history, and management of Vermont’s wildlife and the scientific methods used to study our wild neighbors. The course provides a survey in the scientific techniques used by wildlife biologists (e.g. camera traps, tracking, etc.) to detect, study, and understand wildlife. Students will explore the impact of legal, cultural, and scientific management tools used at the local, state, and federal level to control human-wildlife interactions.
Topics and activities include:
trail cameras // tracking // bird ID // crayfish traps
population estimates // wildlife management // behavioral ecology