SFAS General Meeting Beecher Room, Placer County Library, Auburn, or via Zoom

Steve Rose

February 1, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Beecher Room, Placer County Library, Auburn, or via Zoom. Doors open at 6:30 pm, meeting starts at 7:00. Please note that this meeting is on a Wednesday (not on the usual Thursday). Check the SFAS website and Facebook page for last-minute updates or call Program Chair Theresa Thomas at 530-264-6742. Nasty weather could cancel.

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Program: Using Song Dialects to Study Bird Movements
Presented by Ed Pandolfino


Our standard techniques for studying bird migration (e.g., banding, geolocator or satellite tracking devices, stable isotope analysis) have some significant limitations. Each requires capturing the bird, usually twice, and each provides information on a small number of individuals. While the newer tracking technologies are powerful and have revealed much about migration, they are expensive and labor-intensive. Ed will talk about a very different way of tracking bird movements that does not require ANY birds to be captured, can be used to study many individuals over a large range, costs essentially nothing, and can be accomplished without ever leaving the house!