Short Courses

EFB 484/684: Winter Mammalian Ecology

This 3 credit course will emphasize the adaptations enhancing over winter survivorship of mammals in northern environments. Lectures will discuss identification, natural history, behavior, physiology and ecology of mammals. Field exercises will employ live trapping and mark-recapture methods applied to small mammals, as well as postmortem physiological assessment of white-tailed deer. Students will become familiar with concepts in mammalian ecology, activity patterns, population processes, habitat requirements and adaptations that enhance winter survivorship.

February 19-21 and March 13-19, 2016

Adirondack Ecological Center, Newcomb NY

$475.00 plus cost of credits.

For further information, contact Stacy McNulty, (518) 582-4551 ext. 102

EFB 418: Interpretion of Field Biology (May)

This five-week residential course offers introductions to Adirondack flora and fauna in a regional context as subjects for various interpretive programs and products such as nature walks and trailside presentations, and slide presentations. The application of professional interpretive techniques and the inclusion of natural history in science education are highlights. Summer.

Note: Credit will not be granted for both EFB 418 and EFB 618.

Prerequisite: EFB 320 or permission of instructor.

For further information, contact Dr. Beth Folta - (315) 470-4938/470-6760

Additional fees: Board/meals of approximately $312 plus transportation fee TBD

EST 496: Introduction to the Adirondack Park: the Great Conservation Experiment

The Adirondack Park is an historical experiment in sustainability, rooted in the establishment of the "Forever Wild" Forest Preserve in 1894. At 6.0 million acres, the Park is the largest protected area in the coterminous US. It is relatively ecologically intact yet is home to thousands of local residents in scattered settlements and is visited by millions of tourists and recreationists annually, creating a host of challenges. This course, team-taught by 4 ESF faculty and staff, provides ESF and other students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the Adirondacks by immersing them in the rich history, natural environment and contemporary socio-economic, cultural and policy issues of this unique place. Textbook: The Great Experiment in Conservation: Voices from the Adirondack Park (Porter, Erickson and Whaley).

Instructor: P. Hai, B. Houseal, M. Patinelli-Dubay, S. McNulty

Dates: May 16 - May 27, 2016 (Maymester)

Credits: 4 credits

Note: This is a residential class in Newcomb, NY. See for additional information on facilities, amenities and more.
Additional Fees: Total additional fees $825 to cover lodging, meals, transportation, museums, guest speakers, etc.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor required (


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