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News & Notes for Ornithology AEC 501 Spring 2020
Hi everyone. Great time to get out for some birding to catch the first spring migrants. I had Blue-headed Vireo, Black and White Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and Louisiana Waterthrush in our neighborhood today. That trail we walked with Mark Johns at Ritter Park is awesome at this time of year. Peak migrant watching will occur over the next two weeks as birds continue to arrive, but before the leaves are out. Keep submitting those sightings and nests. We've broken the 100 species mark!!! Start making your plans for our Corvid 19 Big Day on Friday 10 April. We will start early with a live-stream/group chat bird walk, and continue on our own and online for the next 24 hours. Stay tuned for details.
"I looked up some about the common nighthawk regarding ground-nesting. First, not too much is known. But, it looks like chicks are able to double their mass by day two and begin self-movement. They also blend in relatively well from day one. They independently relocate each day, moving up to 48 m. Parents also actively defend, with males booming. But very little is known about predation."
A recent paper in SCIENCE finds that etween 1990 and 2019, approximately 160 new bird species descriptions were made worldwide.
We will meet in 282 David Clark from 08:00 - 11:00 on Friday 10 January to discuss avian sampling. Links to materials are provided below. Bring a laptop to lab and install the software PRESENCE 12.7 and download the WORKED EXAMPLES as a reference before class. We'll discuss avian SAMPLING AND EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN, and Dr. Mike Cove will give an introduction to OCCUPANCY SAMPLING and an analysis using SAMPLE DATA for Blue Grosbeak. Jackie Hausle will give an introduction to MULTIPLE OBSERVER sampling, and describe the field lab on double observer sampling that we'll conduct on Friday 7 February.
The first day of class is Monday 6 January 2018. We meet in Room 102 David Clark Labs from 8:30 - 9:45 AM. The text for this class is Ornithology, Third Edition, by Frank Gill. You will also need a pair of binoculars and a waterproof field notebook. The Coastal Trip is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 18 - 19 January. We will leave campus at 6:00 AM on Saturday and return at 11 PM on Sunday. Contact Dr. Simons if you have questions.