The Connecticut River: Natural History and Human Imprints
08/03/2009 - 08/07/2009
Monday-Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Science Tower 139
The Connecticut River harbors a great diversity of plants and animals: bald eagles, herons, and other waterbirds; dozens of fish species, ranging from darters and killifishes to shad and Atlantic salmon; hundreds of species of aquatic insects, mollusks, crustaceans, and other invertebrates; and a rich marsh and riparian flora. The river is important to people as well and has been a focal area of human activity throughout history. Most of these activities affect wildlife and plants. The goal of this field course is to explore the relationships among plants, wildlife, people, and the river. Our field studies focus on the tidal freshwater marshes, floodplain forests, and the riverine and riparian wildlife along the lower Connecticut River. We also consider the impact of the major cultural imprints along the river, including dams, power generating plants, and water treatment facilities.
This course entails a substantial amount of walking, wading, and canoeing/kayaking. Participants must be capable of prolonged physical exertion and tolerant of a lack of comfort facilities during field trips lasting several hours.
Course requirements include daily reports that detail our class field studies in written and graphic form. Assignments emphasize objective observational procedures and the reporting of first-hand field observations in a scientifically useful manner.
Our field studies entail a substantial amount of walking, wading, and canoeing/kayaking. Participants must be capable of prolonged physical exertion and tolerant of a lack of comfort facilities during field trips lasting several hours.
Important note: Class participants must provide their own kayak (preferred) or canoe, paddle, and personal flotation device (life jacket) for use during class field trips, and students must transport these items to our field trip sites. Students who do not own this equipment, or who cannot borrow it, must make their own arrangements to rent it from a local kayak dealer.
Course tuition: $2022
Enrollment is limited to 14 students. This course is not open to auditors.
A syllabus for this course is available at:
Geoffrey Hammerson (B.S. University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder) is a research zoologist at NatureServe and is author of more than 70 reports and publications, most recently, The status of the world's land and marine mammals: Diversity, Threat and Knowledge . (Science, 2008). Click here to read an article about Geoff and his GLS courses.
Consent of Instructor Required: No
Format: Field Studies
|Level: GLSP||Credits: 3||Enrollment Limit: 14|
Texts to purchase for this course:
Geoffrey Hammerson, CONNECTICUT WILDLIFE: BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL HISTORY, AND CONSERVATION (University Press of New England), Paperback
Connecticut River Watershed Council, THE CONNECTICUT RIVER BOATING GUIDE: SOURCE TO SEA, 3rd edition (Globe Pequot Press), Paperback
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