ERIC Number: EJ1072534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Studying Behavioral Ecology on High School & College Campuses: A Practical Guide to Measuring Foraging Behavior Using Urban Wildlife
Baker, Mohammad A. Abu; Emerson, Sara E.; Brown, Joel S.
American Biology Teacher, v77 n6 p432-440 Aug 2015
We present a practical field exercise for ecology and animal behavior classes that can be carried out on campus, using urban wildlife. Students document an animal's feeding behavior to study its interactions with the surrounding environment. In this approach, an animal's feeding behavior is quantified at experimental food patches placed within its habitat. Following a lecture on foraging ecology and an outdoor discussion about the animals on campus, students formulate questions and hypotheses. Simple statistical analyses are used to construct results and draw conclusions.
Descriptors: Biology, Ecology, Animal Behavior, Statistical Analysis, Urban Areas, Animals, Eating Habits, Food, Outdoor Education, Spreadsheets, Teaching Methods
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