Date: 3/13/18 3:14 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/28 - Conference on Avian Aerial Insectivores
Thanks to Wendy Howes for the following annoucnement.
Ware River Nature Club is pleased to announce an upcoming spring conference focusing on avian aerial insectivores. Details are below. Please share the information with your Club and any other individual or group who might be interested.
Our Aerial Insectivorous Birds: Current Conservation Issues
Saturday April 28, 2018 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
Harvard Forest, Petersham
$35 Members*/ $45 Non-members
Lunch is included
The guild of northeastern avian insectivores—birds that specialize in feeding on flying insects—includes Whip-poor-wills, Common Nighthawks, Chimney Swifts, several species of swallows and flycatchers, and Purple Martins. Most of these species are experiencing dramatic population declines and range contraction. The magnitude of the declines over the past 25 years has been alarming. For that reason the plight of aerial insectivores is gaining increasing attention among biologists in New England.
This conference will address the ecology and current status of many of these species, particularly in New England; present theories regarding population decline; summarize recent research strategies and findings; and explore citizen science opportunities.
*Ware River Nature Club members ( Annual membership dues are $15)
_TOPICS & SPEAKERS_
Drivers of Aerial Insectivore Declines Kim Spiller, UMass ECO Graduate School
Threats and Coping Strategies of Neotropical Migrants on the Wintering Grounds: Examples from Southern Mexico Jessie Knowlton, Wheaton College
The Whip-poor-will: Biology and Conservation of a Crepuscular EnigmaPam Hunt, New Hampshire Audubon
Artificial Nest Patch Experiments, Monitoring Strategies, and Population Trends of Common Nighthawks in New Hampshire Rebecca Suomala, New Hampshire Audubon
Mary’s Mashpee Martins Mary Keleher, Cape Cod Bird Club
KEYNOTE: The Disappearance of an Almost-Invisible Bird: The Mysterious Biology and Decline of the Chimney Swift Margaret Rubega, University of Connecticut & Connecticut State Ornithologist
Migratory Connectivity of the Eastern Whip-poor-will Marja Bakermans, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Andrew Vitz, State Ornithologist, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Conservation of Cliff and Barn Swallows, two Species in Decline in the NortheastMara Silver, Northeast Swallow Conservation
Life Thru a Lens : Observing Nesting Birds and Bird Activity Through Live Streaming Cams and Camera Traps Hollie Sutherland, UMass ECO Graduate School