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November General Meeting

"Things That Go Bump in the Night"

by Dr. Rober M. Zink, University of Nebraska-Linco

7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 9
Unitarian Church of Lincoln
6300 A Street, Lincoln

Over 50 years ago, large night-time kills of birds were reported from TV towers, especially in eastern North America. Shortly after dark, large flights of migratory birds were forced to fly low because of dropping cloud ceilings. Birds were attracted to lights on towers and many died upon impacting guy wires. Over 50,000 birds died at a single tower in one night. It has also become apparent that perhaps an even larger number of birds collide with windows—maybe even a billion a year. As lamentable as even a single death is, the real question is whether these sources of mortality affect populations. After all, the fate of every living thing is death, but we hope that populations persist. I will review how my colleague, Todd Arnold, and I have approached this problem and share our findings about the role of collisions with towers and windows in causing changes in bird populations.

Professor Zink has held faculty positions at Louisiana State University and the University of Minnesota, where he was the Breckenridge Chair in Ornithology for 22 years. In 2016, he followed his wife to UNL, where he is currently a member of the schools of natural resources and biological sciences and a curator in the Nebraska State Museum. His main research focus has been on the evolution of bird species and, more recently, on conservation genetics. At UNL, Bob’s lab is focusing on wildlife genetics, conducting ongoing projects with wild turkey, ring-necked pheasant, and deer.

Join Wachiska Audubon on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. for this free public lecture and discussion at the Unitarian Church, 6300 A Street, in Lincoln. Park in the church lot; there is overflow parking in the Pius High lot across the street to the west. Close, easy access to the building requires no steps to climb. There is plenty of space inside for mingling while enjoying refreshments and conversation after the program.


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