Course Content and Outcome Guide for BMZA 202

Course Number:
BMZA 202
Course Title:
Zoo Biology & Management II - Birds
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Course Description

Examines the diversity of avian taxa and how this relates to their captive husbandry and management needs and conservation issues. Department permission required. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Effectively research and communicate information about a diversity of birds to a variety of audiences.
  • Manage captive populations of birds in a team environment through the appropriate application of knowledge of their specific biology and husbandry requirements.
  • Advocate for avian conservation programs

Course Activities and Design

The format for this course is traditional lecture presentations and class discussions. Lecture will be presented utilizing a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Term paper.
  • Team husbandry presentation
  • Participation in class discussions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, & Issues

  • Evolution & Taxonomy of Birds
  • Avian Biology
  • Avian Husbandry,
    • Enclosures
    • Health Management
    • Feeding
    • Breeding
  • Taxonomy, Biology, Husbandry, & Conservation of:,
    • Tinamous & Ratites
    • Cracids & Gallinaceous birds
    • Waterfowl
    • Softbills
    • Parrots 
    • Birds of Prey 
    • Pigeons & Gruids 
    • Shorebirds & Waders
    • Passerines etc (PACCT TAG)
  • Avian Conservation Projects

Process Skills

  • Locate and demonstrate understanding of both general information and peer reviewed research regarding biology, husbandry, and conservation of birds
  • Clear written and oral presentation of information regarding birds
  • Work as part of a team to develop presentations and present information
  • Chart egg weight loss and make appropriate incubation decisions based on results