A brief outline is here presented of a course in ornithology (bird study, if you prefer) as I have tried to give it - never with complete success, however. In the first place, I have planned a course to give the student four semester hours of credit. (As a matter of fact, the undergraduate student of this day has so many "requirements" to satisfy, for graduation, for major and minor, for a teaching certificate, for practice teaching, or in his pre-professional schedule, that most students have difficulty in finding time for a 4-hour elective course). In many respects the second semester is the best time to offer a bird course, mainly because it includes the migration season and part of the nesting season. Good bird work can be clone in the fall and winter, but the number of possible problems is more limited, and the number of kinds of birds available for study is less. Nevertheless, there are some very good reasons for beginning bird study during the fall and winter season. The smaller number of birds reduces the possibility of confusion; and absence of foliage makes observation a little easier.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1939 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Stephens, T. C.
"Methods in Teaching Ornithology,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 46(1), 339-344.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol46/iss1/109