PHOTOS: Wildlife Conservation Intersession Course

A Rollins College intersession course takes students outdoors to learn about the most pressing issues threatening animal diversity.

Students use binoculars to search for vultures at Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. (Photo by Scott Cook) Students use binoculars to search for vultures at Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Nestled between the fall and spring semesters, winter intersession at Rollins College is a weeklong semester that allows students to participate in a single course or Immersion experience following the holidays—just before the majority of the student body returns to campus. While these condensed courses and Immersion experiences require focused attention, students can select a single topic and completely submerge themselves in it, regardless of their majors.

This year, Rollins offered 19 intersession courses and three Immersion experiences during the week of January 3, including Animal Conservation, an introduction course to the theory and practice of wildlife conservation taught by Assistant Professor of Biology Bobby Fokidis.

We dropped in on the Animal Conservation class field trips to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area near the St. Johns River in Christmas, Florida, and to Mead Gardens here in Winter Park, Florida.

Students learn how to set up nets to catch small birds for banding. (Photo by Scott Cook) Students learn how to set up nets to catch small birds for banding. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Assistant Professor of Biology Bobby Fokidis (right) shows students how to safely take a bird out of a net. (Photo by Scott Cook) Assistant Professor of Biology Bobby Fokidis (right) shows students how to safely take a bird out of a net. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Fokidis demonstrates how to band the wren. (Photo by Scott Cook) Fokidis demonstrates how to band the wren. (Photo by Scott Cook)

At Mead Gardens, Fokidis shows students how to conduct surveys and collect traps. Here, the students examine the content of their turtle traps. (Photo by Scott Cook) At Mead Gardens, Fokidis shows students how to conduct surveys and collect traps. Here, the students examine the content of their turtle traps. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students catch and identify different species from the lake before the fish and tadpoles are released. (Photo by Scott Cook) Students catch and identify different species from the lake before the fish and tadpoles are released. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Students examine various species from the lake at Mead Gardens. (Photo by Scott Cook) Students examine various species from the lake at Mead Gardens. (Photo by Scott Cook)

This year, students also participated in these intersession courses and Immersion experiences:

Intersession Courses

  • Intro to Chinese Calligraphy
  • Job Market Boot Camp
  • Practical Economics
  • Mean Girls in Lit and Film
  • Films of Christopher Nolan
  • Public Sexuality
  • Writing Novels
  • Movies and the Vietnam War
  • How to Fail Successfully
  • Yoga, Flow, and Extreme Sports
  • Economics in Pop Culture
  • Disney and the City
  • Basics of U.S. Political Economy
  • Film & Politics of Sport
  • Art and the Brain
  • The Mind in the Machine
  • Culture Shock: Traveling & Strange Places
  • Expecting Isabel: Dramaturgy

Immersion Experiences

  • Sustaining the Suncoast (Bonner Scholar and Alfond Scholar environmental preservation Immersion)
  • Hunger and Homelessness at the Heart (urban poverty Immersion)
  • Rollins Relief: New Orleans (disaster relief Immersion)