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.

Barbara Volkle

Northborough, MA



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.

Registration opens March 21^st .   Contact:
<warerivernatureclub...> <mailto:<warerivernatureclub...>

Thank you!

Wendy Howes

Ware River Nature Club

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

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)


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

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