Patrick Kelly, a TA for the course at the time, applied for a course improvement grant seeking money for scopes and tripods for Zoology 107 so students could observe and identify faraway vertebrates. They received the grant and were able to purchase 3 tripods, plus an additional scope (they already had two) with money provided by the Zoology Department.

Hauling around the scope to identify waterbirds. Credit: Abhas Misraraj.