[CT Birds] New Haven Bird Club Activities in March
lpbausher at comcast.net
Mon Feb 24 10:47:30 EST 2014
Here is the New Haven Bird Club’s schedule of activities during March:
Monthly Meeting, Thursday, March 13. Alejandro Rico-Guevara
—“Hummingbird Feeding Mechanics: Implications of Ecology and
Evolution”. Free and open to the public. Whitney Center Cultural
Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden. Every animal on earth
faces a great challenge every day: It has to find enough food to
survive but also because the amount of energy obtained will
determine the outcomes of every task it undertakes, from growing to
reproducing. In the wild, resources are limited because different
kinds of animals have developed ways to rapidly consume them.
Alejandro, a researcher in Margaret Rubega’s ornithology lab at
UConn, investigates an extreme example of this specialization to
exploit resources in the quickest way possible: hummingbirds drinking
nectar. The ultimate goal of his work is to bridge the gap between
our knowledge of how feeding works, why that leads to certain
foraging decisions, and how ecological and evolutionary patterns
emerge from the relationships between feeding mechanisms and
behavior. The research is fascinating. To understand the hummingbird
world one needs to slow them down while they do what they have
evolved to do better than any other vertebrate: feeding on flowers.
Alejandro has studied their drinking mechanism using high-speed
cameras, filming over a thousand frames per second at full
resolution, and using different cinematography tricks to achieve top
quality research information. He has filmed hummingbirds from
California to CT and from Canada to Brazil, pursuing different
species with bizarre beak shapes. He has even developed and deployed
automated systems to trigger high-speed cameras in high-Andean
forests, the habitats with the most species of hummingbirds in the
world. Social half-hour at 7:00, program at 7:30. For more
information: www.newhavenbirdclub.org or 203-230-1697.
First Wednesday Walk: Stratford: Shores/Great Meadows Marsh.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 8:00 a.m. Free and open to the public.
Join us as we visit this fine birding area. We will meet at the Long
Beach parking lot and bird the marsh and beach and then visit
Sikorsky Airport and Frash Pond. We’ll look for sea birds such as
Long-tailed Duck and scoters, as well as raptors and
shorebirds. Directions: Follow signs to Sikorsky Airport from Exit
30 off I-95. Go past the airport entrance and follow the causeway to
the end. Take the first right onto Oak Bluff Avenue and follow it to
the Long Beach entrance. Leaders—Charlie Barnard: 203-521-9798,
chbarnjr at gmail.com and Tina Green: 203.247.2660,
petermgreen at hotmail.com.
Gull and Gannet Frenzy, Stratford Seawall, Stratford. Saturday,
March 29, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Free and open to the public. We'll look
through potentially thousands of gulls and see dozens of Gannets too
as they feast on an annual plankton bloom along the coast. Meet at
Lordship Seawall at south end of Washington Pkwy (near Marnick's
Restaurant, 10 Washington Pkwy), Stratford. Leader—Frank Mantlik:
203-984-9410, mantlik at sbcglobal.net.
Larry Bausher, West Haven
NHBC Publicity Director
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