BIO437 Conservation Management of Birds (8)

Conservation management of birds often involves manipulating species at the population level by enhancing habitats, providing nesting sites and/or foods or controlling predators and pathogens. Manipulating the productivity of breeding birds can happen either in the wild or in captivity. This subject focuses on the areas of ornithology associated with hands-on conservation management in the wild and in captivity. Students build on their existing ornithological knowledge to gain an understanding of conservation genetics, avian health and diseases, translocation and reintroduction of birds and evolutionary consequences of conservation management. On completion, students will have an advanced understanding of the principles of conservation methods in the wild and captive conservation management.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BIO437. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Environmental Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Assumes knowledge equivalent to the content of BIO430 or BIO433.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically appraise the role of wild and captive conservation strategies;
  • be able to identify and critically assess the appropriate management techniques of birds in the wild and in captivity;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the management of birds in the wild and in captivity;
  • be able to apply an understanding of conservation genetics and the evolutionary consequences of conservation management; and
  • be able to critically evaluate avian health and diseases.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The role of wild and captive conservation;
  • Conservation management of threatened species in the wild and in captivity;
  • Conservation genetics;
  • Avian health and diseases;
  • Translocation and reintroduction of birds;
  • Evolutionary consequences of conservation management; and
  • Conservation management case studies.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BIO437 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Sprat of chosen species
Bibliography of chosen species
Husbandry manual of chosen species

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.