EVL185 - Foundations of Field Ecology

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Subject Title
Foundations of Field Ecology

Subject Description
Recognition of the need to restore natural ecosystems and the movement to do so are becoming well established. Public parks and conservation areas, municipal green-spaces, schoolyards, private gardens and yards are all experiencing this naturalization. Re-establishing native plant communities, natural biological processes and biological diversity are at the core of the movement.

This subject provides the foundation in ecological fieldwork necessary to plan and implement ecological restoration projects in any of the mentioned green-spaces and gardens. It develops foundation knowledge of native plant species used in naturalized landscape design, native plant community restoration and wildlife community conservation. It develops knowledge of the process of community involvement, organizational partnerships and funding sources for ecological restoration projects. This subject also begins the process of introducing students to the concepts of ?The Ecosystem Approach? to project planning, Ecological Goods and Services, Low Impact Development, Ecological Land Classification and Geographic Information systems (GIS) mapping.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Explain the need and purpose for ecological restoration
2. Explain the importance of biodiversity
3. Recognize the natural growing regions, representative plant and animal groups of Ontario
4. Explain the similarities and differences in natural ecosystems and artificial landscapes
5. Perform basic assessment and monitoring of degraded landscapes
6. Explain the impact of selected introduced species on native/indigenous species
7. Recognize plant groups based on structural characteristics
8. Explain how ecosystem integrity is restored through native plant use
9. Perform a basic site plan for a modest restoration project
10. Explain the ecological and human values of the Oak Ridges Moraine as a bio-region example
11. Explain the concept of ecological land use zoning using examples from King Campus and the Oak Ridges Moraine including the concepts of preservation, conservation, appropriate human use
12. Explain community involvement methods for ecological restoration projects
13. Explain community stewardship as a needed goal of naturalization projects
14. Explain selected funding sources for community naturalization projects that contribute to the full proposal and accountability process for a community ecological restoration project

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