ENTO 201-010
Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Important Announcements:

Welcome to ENTO 201!

You need to purchase a 201 lecture manual from Copy Maven on Main St. and a textbook Vol. 2 Essentials of Conservation Ecology by Richard Primack from University bookstore. Bring the manual (but not the textbook) to each class for assistance in taking notes.

For more information on wildlife, see the links at the bottom of this page.

ENTO 201 - Fall 2002

MWF 12:20-1:10 PM


Dr. Dewey M. Caron

Office Hours:

MWF 8:30 - 9:30


250A Townsend Hall


TR Anytime in office


Phone (302) 831 - 8883



email: dmcaron@udel.edu     website: http://udel.edu/~dmcaron/ento201.htm


                            Topic                                                        Manual                        Textbook

Sept.   4            Introduction; Ethical Principles                          1-3                             Chap. 1

           6            Principles of Ecology 1 & 2                              4-5

           9            Abiotic Limits Principle (3)                               6-9

          11           Natural Selection Principle (4)                          10-35                          Reading 1

                                                                                                                            Chap. 2 (pg. 24-42)

          13           Biotic limits Principle (5)                                   36-47                          Reading 2

          16           Complexity Principle (6)                                   48-56                     Chap. 2 (pg.42-52)

          18           Diversity & Connectedness                                                                  Reading 3

                       Principles (7&8)                                               57-67                            Chap. 2 

                                                                                                                                    (pg. 27-29, 53-59)

          20           Biological Diversity                                           68-74                          Chaps. 2 & 3

          23           Biological Diversity                                           75-82                          Video

          25           EXAM 1

          27, 30     Human Population                                             83-112             Chap. 9 (pg. 213-217)

Oct.   & 2                                                                                                                     Reading 4

          4 & 7      Human Values                                                   113-130

          9 & 11    Attitudes toward Animals

          14, 16     Valuing Economics                                            131-144                     Chaps. 4, 5 & 6

          & 18        of Biodiversity

         21 & 23    Extinction                                                         145-157                  Chap. 7, 8 & 11

                                                                                                                 Reading 5

          25             Hippo Concept, Habitat                                   158

          28             Habitat destruction/degradation                         159-177          Chap. 9 (pg. 217-230)

                                                                                                                                      Reading 6

          30             EXAM 2

Nov.  1               Habitat destruction/degradation                         159-177         Chap. 9 (pg. 230-241)

                                                                                                                                      Info. Packet2

          4 &6         Wetland habitat                                                        

          8 & 11      Terrestrial habitat                                             178-191                     Chap. 9 &

                                                                                                                                     Info. Packet3

          13             NO CLASS

          15             Restoration of habitat                                                                         Chaps. 16-19

          18             NO CLASS

          20 & 22    Introduction of Exotics                                    196-197                     Chap. 10

          25 & 27    Pollution                                                         198-205                     Chap. 9

          28-29        Thanksgiving Break

  • You may hand in letter writing assignment for extra bonus points (or a draft of your letter up until 25th.)

  • Dec.   2, 4            Over exploitation                                           206-232       Chaps.10&13                  

              & 6

               9                LETTER WRITING ASSIGNMENT DUE                                Reading 6 & 7

               11              Putting it all together                                      233-256                      Urban Wildlife

               16               FINAL EXAM

    Readings 1, 2 & 3 are respectively portions of Chapters 2, 3 & 6 from Stanley Andersonís Managing Our Wildlife Resources. Copies on Reserve at Morris Library                                                                

    Reading 4: Chapter 4 The Human Population Challenge from Natural Resource Conservation by Chivas, Reganold and Owens          

    Reading 5, Chapters 1, 2 & 8 from The Condorís Shadow. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.                 

    Reading 6, Chapter 10 from Jared Diamond The Third Chimpanzee and the first five pages of C. Aartin In the Spirit of the Earth.    

    Reading 7, Chapter 3 from Mark Hertagaard Earth Odyssey. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.                    

    Reading 8, 3 Chapters from Gibbons Keeping all the Pieces. Copies on reserve at Morris Library.

    1Textbook - R. Primack - Essentials of Conservation Biology 3rd edition       

    2 Info Packet on Wetland Environment available in Townsend Hall - you may check it out overnight.                                        

    3Info Packet on Terrestrial Environment available in Townsend Hall - you may check it out overnight.                                                                                                   



    DESCRIPTION:  An introduction to conservation biology and ecology with application to the problems of biodiversity (=wildlife) conservation.


     1. understand basic concepts of ecology;

     2. know the major problems in biodiversity conservation and the types, feasibility, and implications of proposed solutions; and

     3. be able to relate basic ecological concepts to problems and solutions in biodiversity (=wildlife) conservation.

    FORMAT:  Three 50-minute meetings per week (MWF 12:20—1:10).  Lectures supplemented with slides, films, discussions, readings and other activities.


    You may earn points in the course in 4 ways:  exams, letter writing exercise, supplemental reading analysis and commentaries.  The points are available as follows:

      Exam I      100
      Exam II     100
      Final Exam     100
      Letter-writing Exercise     85
      Commentaries (optional)  7 pts. max

    TOTAL     385

    Your grade for the course will depend on how many points you earn.  The scale is:  90% and above = A; 80% and above = B; 70% and above = C; 69% and below =D; A-, B+, B- C+, C-; D+ grades used.

    The best route to learning and a good grade is to keep up with the reading, read for understanding, attend class, pay attention, take good notes, study and clarify your notes within 24 hrs. of the class.  Ask questions for clarification and join in discussion.

    Sample Exams,

    Fall 1999 Exam 1                Fall 1999 Exam 2

    Fall 2000 Exam 1                Fall 2000 Exam 2

    Fall 2001 Exam 1                Fall 2001 Exam 2


    Classroom and Course Policies

    1. Attend class.  Participation cannot happen if you are not present (see 2).

    2. Participate in the activity in class.  Some persons are reserved and some very talkative, but everyone should have opinions, questions, responses, ideas, or answers if they are reading and thinking.  Participation will contribute to your score on every activity where applicable, but just as I expect all to contribute, I want no one to dominate the class.

    3. Turn in assignments on time.  No matter how good your effort, the maximum possible grade decreases by a grade for each class meeting past the deadline unless extenuating circumstances prevail.

    4. Take assignments seriously.  Effort counts, as does substance.  Be prepared for class.  Do the reading.  Take notes on it when requested to do so.  Take time to think about assignments.  Prepare written activities with care.  Legibly written or word processed (typed) work that addresses all of the items asked for will earn a higher grade than will a few scribbled notes done at the last minute.  Neatness counts.

    5. Use standard English correctly and improve where you need to do so.  Good content expressed carelessly or poorly in your writing or in oral presentations will earn a lower grade than it would otherwise.

    6. Practice oral presentations before class and plan how you will lead or generate discussion in the class when you are the leader.  A nicely delivered, organized presentation will help your score.  Think of visual impact.

    7. You should not feel intimidated or superior to others in the group.  We are all students, and we can learn from each others’ perspectives, experiences and contributions.  It is OK to disagree with a peer and your professor in discussion.  You always should feel free to challenge statements and ideas but also be willing and able to receive and accept the same.  Disagreement over ideas is OK; being disagreeable in doing so is not.  Mutual respect is expected.

    8. Absolute honesty in taking exams and completing assignments is required. Comments concerning dishonesty should be directed to me to to Dr. Judith Hough-Goldstein, Dept. Chair, 250 TNS. You should be familiar with the University's Policy on Academic Dishonesty in the Offical Student Handbook. The policies therein apply here. Possible consequences of academic dishonesty include a written reprimand, repeating assignments, a lower grade for the assignment or the course, or action through the University Judicial System. Any action taken is reported to the Dean of Students as a formal charge.

                            To visit the National Wildlife Federation website, click on the banner below:

    http://www.nwf.org/banner from http://www.nwf.org

    To visit the Population Reference Bureau website, click on the banner below:

    banner from http://www.prb.org

      To visit the Nature Conservancy's website, click on the image below:

    image from http://www.tnc.org

    To visit the Wildlife Conservation website, click on the banner below:

    banner from http://www.wcs.org

    To visit the National Audubon Society's website, click on the image below:

    image from http://www.audubon.org

     To visit the Wildlife Society's website, click on the image below:

    image from http://www.wildlife.org


    To visit the Sierra Club's website, click on the image below:

    image from http://www.sierraclub.org

    [1] Textbook - R. Primack – Essentials of Conservation Biology