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Wildlife Track Analysis - WFB 015 JE2 - Course Syllabus or Other Course-Related Document

Wildlife Track Analysis - WFB 015 JE2 - Course Syllabus or Other Course-Related Document

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This course introduces students to the details and clues
left inside animal tracks including major body movements
including speed, changes of direction and head position.
Cross-listed with FOR 015.
This course introduces students to the details and clues
left inside animal tracks including major body movements
including speed, changes of direction and head position.
Cross-listed with FOR 015.

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FOR/WFB 015 Wildlife Track Analysis
Course Syllabus
Title : FOR 015 / WFB 015
Wildlife Track AnalysisCredits: 1Instructor:Michael KesslerMeeting dates and times: Course meets on four ½ days on Saturdays (may be offered fall/spring/summer).Location: Check each section in Schedule of Course listings. Typically it is UVM
s Jericho Research Forest inJericho, Vermont (classroom building and outside); however, there may be a section taught on-campus usingCentennial Woods. Students are responsible for their own transportation to the Jericho location.
This class will explore the interaction of living creatures with the Earth through the endless details, clues andmysteries that are left inside
each 
track. Emphasis is placed on gleaning as much information as possiblefrom a single track. Students will explore the landscape of the track itself and learn to identify, interpret anddiscuss
the animal‟s major 
body movements regarding forward motion including speed, changes of directionand head position. From
one animal‟s track
, the student will learn how to glean sufficient information about the
animal‟s movements to identify where
other animals were present on the landscape and to locate the tracks ofthose other animals. Through a deeper understanding of the track, a deeper understanding of the animaland landscape will emerge.(Note: This course is about how to
read 
individual tracks. The ability to
find 
tracks is the domain of the Intro toTracking course. The ability to find and follow trails is the domain of the Trail Analysis course.)
1. Appreciation of
how one animal‟s
behavior and movements affect the forest and vice versa.2. Awareness of the location and identity of surrounding animals by reading a single animal track.3. Discovering evidence of
your 
movement within the forest through
an animal‟s track.
 
1. To become aware of how body movements refer through the ankle to the feet and manifest in the track.2. To read tracks to identify when an animal changed speed and/or direction, and where it was looking.3. To expand
one‟s
awareness of the interaction among wildlife in the forest.
General Course Information
 Prior experience
There are no prerequisites for this course and it does not assume nor require that thestudent have any background, experience, or education in tracking. Students are simply asked to exhibitan open mind, positive attitude, thirst for knowledge, and respect for others.
 
- 2 -Preparation and Participation
One to two hour outdoor excursions from the onsite classroom forexamination of tracks will require moderately easy hiking in seasonable weather conditions in the hills ofthe research forest. Students are expected to dress accordingly. Snowshoes are not needed in winter.There are no breaks for cell phone use as one contiguous span of focused learning time is required.Transportation
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Jericho ResearchForest and are strongly encouraged to share rides.Instructor Communications
The UVM Blackboard online learning system and the Banner Student system arethe two modes of instructor communication for this course. Students are responsible for using the Blackboardsystem and also for receiving messages sent to their UVM email account and/or insuring that their UVM emailaccount is setup to forward messages accordingly.
Attendance is expected at all classes. Opportunities to makeup a missed class may be afforded, but are
dependent upon instructor‟s availability.
 Religious observances will be respected with opportunities to make up missed work. Notification to the instructoris required at the first class.
Students are expected to participate in both the classroom and the field exercises and to provide for theirindividual comfort and care as weather dictates. As important, everyone is expected to be a respectful andengaged listener to their colleagues and instructor.
 Students are expected to understand and follow all University of Vermont policies and regulations.
 Recommended reference books:
ISBN-13:
9780425157725
 Mark Elbroch, Olaus J. Murie, Olaus J. Murie (Illustrator), Mark Elbroch(Illustrator)
 
Online Price: $19.95Members Pay:
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- 3 -
Format:
Paperback
 Pub. Date: November 2005
Paul Rezendes
 Format:
Paperback2nd Edition
 Pub. Date: March 1999
ISBN13:
9780062735249
ISBN:
0062735241
BINC:
5701617
Edition:
Illustrated
 
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The UVM Blackboard online learning system is used for all course announcements, access to course materials,
and submissions of work, namely the student‟s personal reflection journals. (See “Instructor Communications” in
 Course Policies above.)
Student Evaluation/Assessment
The overall class grade is a summation of the following:20% Attendance and participation10% 1
st
Journal Assignment10% 2
nd
Journal Assignment10% 3
rd
Journal Assignment20% Independent project10% 4
th
Journal Assignment20% Final Reflection Paper
Materials provided by instructor:
UVM bandana (to be used as a blindfold)
Red pencils and regular #2 pencils
Drawing paper
Colored popsicle sticks
Clear transparencies
Red and black dry erase markers

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