Date: 11/3/20 4:54 am From: Diane Morton <dianegmorton...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Cayuga Bird Club Meeting November 9: Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds
Cayuga Bird Club will have Dr. Sara Kaiser, Research Ecologist with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, present "Cooperation in Bornean Songbirds: The Unique Social Lives of year-round foraging groups" for our November Cayuga Bird Club webinar on Monday, November 9, 7:30 pm. For a Zoom registration link (free) and more information go to: www.cayugabirdclub.org/webinars.
The island of Borneo is a biodiversity hotspot in Southeast Asia where, even today, countless new species remain to be discovered. The island is home to as many as 633 bird species, including 50 endemics, most of which are montane residents. Little is known about the life history of most of these species. Sara Kaiser will describe what has been learned from her long-term study of the life histories of the montane bird community in Kinabalu Park, located in the northern state of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo.
In the Old World tropics, birds often form cooperative associations in conspecific foraging groups that are maintained year-round, including the breeding season. Dr. Kaiser will share discoveries about the remarkable social systems of this unusual type of group living in grey-throated babblers and the endemic chestnut-crested yuhina. The Old World tropics remain disproportionately less studied than other regions, even relative to tropical regions in the Western Hemisphere. Join us to become inspired to visit this birding hotspot in the tropical, montane rainforests of Borneo.
About the Speaker: Sara Kaiser is a Research Ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, with interests in exploring the diversity of avian mating systems in underrepresented regions. Her training includes a Ph.D. from Cornell University in behavioral ecology, an interdisciplinary M.S. from Michigan State University in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavior, and a B.S. from Iowa State University in zoology. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, and Smithsonian Center for Conservation Genomics.
Cayuga Bird Club meetings start at 7:30pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June, and are open to the public. Each virtual meeting will begin with the speaker's presentation, followed by club business.