Date: 6/7/18 9:00 am From: LeRoy Tabb <leroytabb...> Subject: Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 26th, 2018
Bucks County Birders Program for Tuesday June 26th, 2018
How to Avoid Raising Another Bird’s Chicks: Behavioral defenses against brood parasitism -- by Dr. Todd Underwood
Dr. Underwood’s lecture will explore brood parasitism, which is an unusual reproductive strategy in birds where females lay their eggs in other birds’ nests and leave all parental care to these foster parents or hosts. Because raising parasitic young is costly to host birds, this favors the evolution of behavioral defenses against parasitism. Dr. Underwood will focus on his experimental research on how and why some host birds can recognize and eject a parasite’s eggs.
About the Speaker:
Todd Underwood earned a PhD in Zoology from the University of Manitoba in Canada and is Professor of Biology at Kutztown University. Here he teaches courses, including ornithology and vertebrate biology, and studies the behavior and ecology of birds. His research focuses on brood parasitism, the impact of alien plants on birds, bird feeder hygiene, and the biology of birds that breed in nestboxes.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM at the Peace Valley Nature Center. Admission is free.