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Animal Behavior - The Wolf

BIO 114

Animal Behavior - The Wolf

BIO 114

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2, WRITING LEVEL 2 AND MATH LEVEL 2.

Designed to provide student with introduction to study of animal behavior with focus on the wolf. Topics covered will include development of behavior patterns, social behavior, effects of imprinting, role of pheromones in sexual behavior, and hunting behavior. Student will prepare ethogram comparing different subspecies and various breeds of dogs. A weekend field trip is required with student paying own expenses. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Participate in the process of science.

Objectives:

  • Make observations.
  • Design experiments.
  • Conduct experiments.
  • Formulate and test hypotheses.
  • Collect data.
  • Analyze data.
  • Draw conclusions.
  • Report results.
  • Explain the evaluation and revision process of science.

Work collaboratively with classmates.

Objectives:

  • Participate in laboratory experiments and field activities with 1-3 classmates or entire class.
  • Share the workload of small group activities.
  • Share the responsibility of acquiring, cleaning and putting away laboratory and field equipment.
  • Share ideas and respectfully receive the ideas of classmates and research staff at Wolf Park.

Appreciate the competent use of various instruments measuring physiological processes involved in behavioral activities.

Objectives:

  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to view wolf interactions.
  • Demonstrate competence in use of sound recording devices.
  • Interpret ethograms.

Competently communicate about ethology topics.

Objectives:

  • Read critically.
  • Write effectively.
  • Listen actively.
  • Speak effectively.
  • Develop and interpret graphs, sonographs and ethograms.
  • Compile a journal of observations and experiences related to field activities while at Wolf Park.

Demonstrate the ability to think critically.

Objectives:

  • Integrate concepts.
  • Solve problems.
  • Draw logical conclusions.
  • Make predictions based on evidence.
  • Identify trends and patterns.
  • Distinguish between simple correlation and cause-and-effect.

Demonstrate appropriate preparation to participate in outdoor field activities involving ethology of wolves. Corollary: ethology of dogs, coyotes and foxes.

Objectives:

  • Participate in field activities and use appropriate equipment to conduct the field activities.
  • Select appropriate clothing and equipment for a Wolf Park weekend outing in spring.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate behavior while conducting field activities.
  • Use resource books and handouts to understand wolf behavior. Interact with student researchers and Park supervisors when appropriate.
  • Characterize the status of each wolf in the pack demonstrating comprehension of pack hierarchy dynamics.
  • Report results of some aspect of behavior dynamics which were observed.

Demonstrate general behavioral characteristics of the timber wolf. In addition, the student will compare behavior of wolf with coyote, fox and domestic dog.

Objectives:

  • Understand reproductive physiology generally.
  • Understand pack dynamics.
  • Understand predator-prey relationships.
  • Understand the role of humans in pack dynamics of captive wolves.
  • Understand selection of Alpha, Beta, and Omega positions over time.
  • Understand seasonal and daily bio-rhythms of wolves.
  • Understand diet and nutrition of wolves.
  • Understand behavioral differences in captive and wild wolves.
  • Understand the natural history of the wolf and its future.
  • Understand the impact of the wolf on ecosystems and that relationship to man.