Exploratory observation is key in understanding animal behavior. Observation leads to developing new research questions and ways to create measures of the categories you observe. You will go out into the world and carefully watch an animal’s behavior and take detailed, time-stamped notes in your “field notebook”. Animals can be found in any number of places: your backyard, on campus, neighborhood parks, and zoos.
Mention a particular animal and observe it as it interacts with its environment and with other animals, both intra-species and inter-species . In your “field notebook” you record the date, time, weather, & other conditions under which the observations are made. The goal is to try to understand your animal’s behavior so your notes should reflect this. Write down your observations, then, ask researchable questions about your animal’s behavior. Avoid anthropomorphic questions/comments.
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