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Frequent Fliers: Tracking Songbird Migration through the Americas
Monday, August 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Each fall, billions of songbirds leave Canada on an epic journey to their far-away wintering grounds in Central and South America where many live in tropical forests shared by toucans, howler monkeys, and jaguars. Dozens of species have experienced serious, long-term population declines that are driven in part by the threats that these birds face on migration and while in the tropics. But only recently has it been possible to track the entire migration of individual songbirds to find out how they accomplish their amazing 10,000 km (or more!) round trip and to map out critical habitats used during migration. Bridget Stutchbury will reveal her surprising migration tracking results for Purple Martins, Red-eyed Vireos and Wood Thrushes and discuss how this research can help us save songbirds.
Presenter: Bridget Stutchbury, York University
Co-Sponsors: NAOC-V, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, and Nature Vancouver
When & Where
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is Vancouver’s only natural history museum, dedicated to creating a shared sense of community and wonder.
Fall in love with the diversity of life as you explore 20,000 square feet of exhibits, visit our teaching lab, and stare through the jaws of the largest creature ever to live on Earth—the blue whale.
The museum puts UBC's natural history collections, with more than two million specimens, on public view for the first time. Among our treasures are a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the Djavad Mowafaghian Atrium, the third-largest fish collection in the nation, and myriad fossils, shells, insects, fungi, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants from around British Columbia and the world.
Through a combination of exhibits, hands-on activities, educators’ resources, public presentations, and community and cultural engagement, we are working to increase understanding of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Just as important, we connect the world-renowned scientists at the adjacent Biodiversity Research Centre with the public. This unique combination of world-class, university-based research and beautiful, compelling exhibits makes the research conducted by UBC scientists more accessible and more relevant to the public.
Due to an unfortunate flight delay Dr. Bridget Stutchbury may not be able to make tonight's lecture. In the event that she does not arrive before the lecture, Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Kevin Fraser will be presenting in her place. The content of the lecture will remain the same.
We look forward to you joining us for this interesting talk.