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  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Methods
  4. Results
    1. Relative abundance
    2. Table for Sitta carolinensis site preference
    3. Aggressive behavior
  5. Discussion
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

Surrounding the Ecology subject, we were studying an ecological habitat and the animals that make it up. Their behavior and habitat preference is what most closely relates to this lab. The object of this lab was to attempt to draw connections between habitat preferences (or lack thereof), any aggressive behavior, the species of birds observed, signs of dominance or inferiority, and the reasons behind all of this. These things were studies through a series of lectures as well as laboratory and fieldwork (which is what this report will display). Through this, I have learned that behavior is just another avenue of science that can be observed and tested, ultimately contributing to humanity. Through analyzing simple things like birds, certain conclusions can be drawn and then be used to help solve larger and more complex questions.

[...] The two sites are located in Hammond Woods. After arriving at the Chestnut Hill T stop, it is about a ten-minute walk, located in back of the local mall. Once outside of the forest, the actual sites are about a five- minute walk from the edge of the woods. The two sites are about 100 feet from each other. The open site was composed of mostly level ground with large rocks taking up a majority of the ground. Trees were present, but located within a few feet from the feeders. [...]

[...] On the other hand, a null hypothesis would state no preference among the habitat preferences. METHODS Our lab book provided the methods for this lab, Principles of Biology I. More specifically, Module 5 instructed us with the necessary information and ways to perform the needed calculations Our TF was of great help when onsite. Here, he was able to further instruct us at our task of observing the birds (remain quiet, reminding us when our time was up, etc.). Here, we sat and observed what species of birds visited the feeders, and its frequency. [...]

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