Grab some binoculars and let’s head out! From Oystercatchers to Ospreys and Puffins to Peregrine Falcons, Maine has more than its share of signature avian wildlife, and whether you’re in Acadia National Park or the Rangely Lakes Region, the landscape is as gorgeous as the plumage. Join seasoned wildlife biologist Brent Bibles on a comprehensive tour of some of the many birding hotspots in Maine including a Puffin and seabird tour of Penobscot Bay. Participants will also get an introduction to avian-related wildlife techniques including bird banding and mist-netting. If you have your own set of binoculars, bring them--if you need to borrow some, we’ll have extras.
ES 2001 Techniques in the Environmental Sciences: Birding in Maine
In this course, students learn and then apply various field and laboratory techniques used in the environmental science professions. Emphasis is placed on acquiring new skills and putting them into practice in order to improve abilities. Skills may be field-based (e.g. wetland delineation, mist-netting and bird banding), lab-based (e.g. molecular techniques, software applications for analysis), or a mix of both (e.g. sediment coring and analysis, marine polychaete identification).
Dates: August 7 - 10
Unity College students and life-long learners.
Primary: Acadia National Park, Maine’s natural areas.
Secondary: Birding locations in and around Unity.
Brent Bibles began at Unity College in the fall of 2011. He has been involved in the wildlife management profession since beginning his undergraduate study at Utah State University during the 1980s. He received his Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from USU in 1987 and went on to receive a Master’s and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies, and has taught and conducted research at various universities. Brent is an ornithologist with a particular interest in raptors. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Brent believes in a constructivist approach to teaching and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. Brent’s research interests involve the influence of habitat selection and quality on population demographics, the conservation ecology of small populations, and use of methods to quantify demographic parameters with rare or hard to detect species. He is currently working with a graduate student examining the influence of habitat features on occupancy of territories by Mexican Spotted Owls in Utah. Among the several projects that he is involved with on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands, Brent is looking at ways to improve population estimates of the highly endangered stout iguana.
Brent enjoys being active outdoors: he is an avid cyclist, both road and mountain, and loves to canoe, backpack, hunt and fish. He is also participates in historical re-enactment with the persona of a French trader en derouine in the 1750s.