335. Winter Ecology.

This field-intensive course examines animals, plants and fungi in
winter. Topics include physiological, behavioral and morphological
adaptations that permit survival during our coldest season. Students
practice identification of common trees, mosses and lichens and track
common mammals in order to study winter nests, burrows and behavior.
Animal energetics and the coniferous tree advantage are discussed.
Students review local and regional climate data and measure several
microclimates under snow, ice and soil as well as microhabitat abiotic
nutrient profiles relevant to winter adaptations. Students must have
sufficient winter clothes for extended study in the cold and snow. Prerequisites:
Biology 101, 102 and 221. Lunch will be eaten in the field.