2013 William C. Vaughan Lecture
Bridget Stutchbury of York University presents:
Frequent Fliers: New Discoveries in Songbird Migration
Friday, October 25, 2013, 7:00pm
This lecture is free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required.
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 and for surviving until they return in spring.
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.
Bridget is a professor at York University, Toronto; having completed her Ph.D. at Yale and postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. She serves on scientific advisory committees for World Wildlife Fund Canada, Wildlife Preservation Canada, and Earth Rangers. She is also author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007 finalist for the Governor General’s Award) and more recently The Private Lives of Birds (2010).
The Vaughan Lectures are supported in part by the William C. Vaughan endowment.