This is the latest incarnation of our Mexico biology field course run in the state of Jalisco in February of 2017. The course is a collaboration between Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) and the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo (Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico). This year Dr. Stephen Lougheed and Drs. Yuxiang Wang (Queen’s) and Javier Salgado Ortiz (Universidad Michoacana), together with both Canadian and Mexican students, will explore the biological, topographical and cultural diversity of Western Mexico – spending time in each of two excellent field stations: Estación de Biología Chamela and Estación Cientifica Las Joyas. Students will gain hands on experience with a range of field survey methods, become familiar with a range of organisms spanning plants to bats, and interact with Mexican students and faculty.