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Undergraduate Program - Capstone Experience

Together, WLE 450 (Wildlife-Habitat Relationships) and WLE 455 (Wildlife-Habitat Evaluation) serve as the Capstone experience for Wildlife Ecology students.  In these courses, students integrate and synthesize prior learning from their coursework and field-experiences in the Wildlife Ecology program. 

Through classroom discussions and lectures, students explore the conceptual and theoretical basis for studying wildlife-habitat relationships.  Students apply this, and previous knowledge from their program, to a hands-on class project that they design, conduct, and analyze on habitat use and selection of snowshoe hares via radio telemetry. 

Additionally, students visit a bear den and handle the female and cubs to assess reproduction, survival and physiological condition, and further explore numerous case studies (e.g., Canada lynx, forest amphibians) to apply various methods to assess wildlife-habitat relationships and to affect wildlife policy.  Additionally, students develop an individual research paper addressing a topic related to wildlife-habitat relationships and critique primary literature through case-studies, class discussions, and short assignments.  These co-requisites promote independent and critical thinking to address current problems, controversies, and research questions and approaches to wildlife-habitat issues.

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Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
5755 Nutting Hall, Room 210
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone: (207) 581-2862 | Fax: (207) 581-2858 E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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