Studying Winter Mammal Ecology in the Adirondacks
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Studying Winter Mammal Ecology in the Adirondacks

We’re teaching Winter Mammalian Ecology. It’s an EFB class, so we’re in the biology department, and it’s a 10-day class, so a short course, and we have the students come in. They’re pretty much upperclassmen. They’ve taken ecology and had some prerequisites in their program. And we bring them in here for a weekend in February and then the week of Spring Break, so they’re here in March. We’re going 12 to 14 hours a day. It’s a three credit class, so it’s a ton of work in a very short amount of time,
but it’s a tremendous amount of fun. This really puts you in the environment. It
puts you in the situation. It’s funny, when a lot of people look at ESF and they say, Okay you have an environmental school, but it’s in the middle of Syracuse. It’s in the city. How are you going to learn about forestry and mammals, and all of the things that ESF represents when you’re in the middle of the city? So coming here to the Newcomb campus is really awesome because you’re in the elements. You’re out there. You can put yourself in the animals’ shoes and kind of see how things go. It’s a high demand class, so everyone who’s in here is really interested in what we’re doing. So it’s nice to be in that sort of
a group of people. We have access to this huge plot of land in the Adirondacks. A ton of people don’t even get to see it. So, to get to take a class up here’s I think really the best option at least at some point within your time at ESF. I’ve done similar field courses at other institutions where I did my undergrad, and by far this has been the best experience that I’ve had.

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