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Revision Date: 26-Apr-17

Wildlife Ecology

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2017 - Refund Policy
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Comments: Two Saturday field trips required.

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Course Description:

This course is the study of the ecology and life histories of common animal species and their habitats. The underlying scientific and technical principles will be examined as they relate to wildlife conservation efforts by federal, state, and private agencies. This course places special emphasis on Vermont's wildlife.

Essential Objectives:

1. Demonstrate understanding of the methods of scientific investigation in wildlife ecology including observation, and hypothesis testing.
2. Analyze wildlife population dynamics as expressed both by population growth equations and by basic quantitative population measures including sex ratio, birth rate, recruitment, survivorship, and mortality.
3. Analyze the effects of genetic diversity and environment on wildlife behaviors including predation, competition, territoriality, mating systems, and reproductive strategies.
4. Explain basic population sampling theory and modeling, as well as techniques including census, estimate, and index.
5. Analyze the integral relationships within and between wildlife and their habitats including selection, adaptation, and preferences.
6. Examine the life histories of common mammals, fish, waterfowl, reptiles and amphibians.
7. Demonstrate proficiency in making field observations by following scientific protocols, keeping accurate records, and writing detailed reports.
8. Examine the impact of human behavior on wildlife populations including, but not limited to, species extinction, habitat loss and climate change.
9. Evaluate the methods and impacts of current wildlife management practices and policies at private, state, and federal levels including protection, harvesting, habitat management, stocking and re-introductions.
10. Discuss laws and politics related to wildlife ecology including the Endangered Species Act, US and VT Fish and Wildlife Service, and Conservation Commissions.
11. Demonstrate proficiency in understanding, interpreting, evaluating, and applying quantitative data and information.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

I look forward to meeting you. 

Whenever possible, we will be outside for parts of some Wednesday classes. We also have two Saturday classes scheduled for June 10th and July 8th. Although outside time will not be strenuous, please dress appropriately for being outside. We will discuss this during the first class. 


  •  Small-group and whole-class discussion
  •  Lecture
  • Small group activities
  • Field trips and observation
  • In-class reaction writing and writing assignments
  • Research project of the student's choosing

Evaluation Criteria:

15% = class attendance, participation, informal oral reports

15% = test

15% = two short papers

20% = semester long exploration project

10% = presentation for exploration project

15% = weekly current event summary

10% = reading summary assignments and assigned homework

Grading Criteria:

 A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

Wildlife Ecology and Management, ISBN: 9780130662507, Pearson   $195.78

Attendance Policy:

 Attendance Policy: Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three (3) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion.

Attendance and class participation – 20%

You are expected to attend and participate in each of the scheduled class sessions. This class will have some lectures, but most of your learning will be through class discussions, debates, activities, group work, and field exposure. We will spend some of our class time outside, as well as have two all-day field trip classes on Saturday. Missing a Saturday field trip is equivalent to missing two regular classes. 



Class #1: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM

Class Topic: Introductions.


  1.  Read Chapters 1 and 4 of Wildlife Ecology and Management
  2. Group #1 to report on assigned section of text
  3. Research a historical person important in fisheries or wildlife. Prepare a one page essay on the major contributions they made to the science or human understanding. Be prepared to discuss the person you researched informally in the next class. Sign up before leaving class. 
'Class #2: Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM'

Presentations by students in Group #1.  Presentations on historical figure research. Class Topic and Activity: Ecosystems and natural communities.

We will be going outside weather permitting looking at some natural communities in our area.


1.    First research paper – choose one wildlife species and describe it in 3-5 pages -  Topics to be discussed should include distribution, development and reproduction, habitat requirements, conservation or management status

2.    Read Chapter 5 – Population Ecology

'Class #3: Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM'

First Paper due. Informal class presentation on paper.

Class Topic and Activity: Population Ecology


  1. Read Chapter 6 - Animal Behavior and Wildlife Management
  2. Group #2 to report on assigned sections
  3. Current Event - one page summary - be prepared to share informally in class
  4. Spend time outside on your exploration project. Feel free to share your experiences if you want.

Class #4: Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:00AM - 12:30 PM

Presentations/Discussions by Group #2. 

Presentations on current event homework (for both we will go around the class - very informal)

Class Topic: Animal Behavior and Wildlife Management - examples from the field and research


  1. Read Chapter 7 - Food and Cover
  2. Group #1 and #2 to report on assigned sections
  3. Current Event
Class #5: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 8:00AM - 4:30PM

All Day Saturday Field Trip. Meet at CCV Parking area at 9:00AM, bring a lunch. Travel/carpool to VINS - Vermont Institute of Natural Science. We will be inside and outside for most of the day, so plan accordingly.

Class #6: Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM

Presentation/Discussion by Groups #1 and #2

Discuss Current Event homework

Class Topic: Food and Cover - we will be going outside for part of this class


  1. Read Chapter 9 - Predators and Predations
  2. Second short research paper - choose one endangered or threatened specis, describe its ecology, habitat needs and what management practices we can do to help the species recover


Class #7: Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM

Informal Presentations on Research Paper

Class Topic: Predator/Prey Dynamics - Isle Royale study. Discussion of Saturday field trip on July 8.

Homework: Due in 2 weeks. No class on July 5th

  1. Study for test - will be in class as the start of the next class
  2. Read Chapter 10 - Hunting and Trapping. Think about why we have hunting and why some people/organizations are opposed.
  3. Current Event 
NO CLASS Wednesday, July 5, 2017


  1. Read Chapter 10 - Hunting and Trapping
  2. Think about why we have hunting and why some people/organizations are opposed. 
  3. Current event
  4. Study/review for test
Class #8: Saturday July 8, 2017, 9:00AM-4:30PM

All Day Field Trip: Meet at CCV parking area at 9:00AM. Bring a lunch. 

Travel to Nulheghan Basin National Wildlife Refuge for 3 or 4 site visits in the aras. Bring layers of clothes, hiking boots or rugged sneakers, food, water, sunscreen and bug repellant. 

Class #9: Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM

Test in class - open book and will be online

Current event discussion

Class topic: Hunting and Trapping in Vermont


  1. Prepare for final presentation on your exploration project
  2. Bring in anthing you took home from the field and your field notebook
  3. Have a slide show documenting things you found - this will be a formal presentation
  4. Extra Credit - Current Event
Class #10: Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 9:00AM-12:30PM

Last Class.

Formal presentations on your final project. 

Time dependent we will visit a local wetland to wrap-up

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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