A vigilant Mottled owl (Strix virgata) watching a class discussion

This will be the latest incarnation of our Mexico biology field course run in the state of Jalisco in February and March of 2019. The course is a collaboration between Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico). The 2019 course will be co-taught by Drs. Stephen Lougheed and Evelyn Jensen (Queen’s University) and Dr. Javier Salgado Ortiz (Universidad Michoacana). Together with both Canadian and Mexican students, we will explore the biological, topographical, and cultural diversity of Western Mexico – spending time at two excellent field stations (with side trips to a number of wonderful locales including ‘manglares’ (mangrove forests), an organic pineapple plantation, and a coastal island with breeding seabirds): Estación de Biología Chamela and Estación Cientifica Las Joyas. Students will gain hands on experience with a range of field survey methods, learn about the life history of native animals (bats, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, epiphytes, trees), and interact with Mexican students and faculty. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake their own research projects.