[birding] WILLAMATTE UNIVERSITY'S PROFESSOR DAVID CRAIG PRESENTS TOP RESEARCH STUDENTS AT TUESDAY BIRDER'S NIGHT

Eugenia Becker heronflight99 at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 8 22:56:01 PDT 2018


Salem Audubon Birder’s Night – 6:30 PM – Tuesday, April 10, 2018 
The Carrier Room – First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street, Salem 

“Craig’s Outstanding Research Associates in X” 
with David Craig and Students” or “CORAX”.  

Professor David Craig, Willamette University Chair, and selected outstanding students will present their on-going fascinating research projects in his creative research lab known as “CORAX. The scientific name of the Common Raven is Corvus corax and it is on the species name of this highly intelligent bird famous in folklore, poetry, and academic research that Professor David Craig draws a name for his creative research lab known as CORAX.  CORAX is Craig’s Outstanding Research Associates in X.  The X is primarily for the cross of behavior and ecology research in birds but also includes projects focused on intersections of natural and cultural history, art and science, and actions to reduce racism and sexism.   Craig is pleased to introduce three early career scientists who have all been regulars on academic honor rolls and noted for their kindness and good citizenship. 

Hannah Swanson is a senior biology major from Seattle, WA with a focus on conservation and behavioral ecology of woodpeckers.  Hannah is also a nationally distinguished NCAA Division III distance runner. Hannah is presently working on leading a pilot study into understanding how we can encourage acorn woodpeckers to use the oak trees at both the urban campus and Willamette’s Zena Campus.  Hannah has already documented some initial use of oaks at Zena, but has yet to find a granary. Acorn Woodpeckers are cooperative breeders that have multigenerational family groups that store acorns in a complex bank of holes drilled in old trees or posts.  Hannah has built artificial granaries to attract Acorn Woodpeckers and has recently used money from a grant she got to buy a camera trap to monitor her experimental sites.  Her talk is titled “Do Artificial Granaries Attract Acorn Woodpeckers?” 

Jaime McConachie is a senior math major and biology double major from Bishop, CA who has studied abroad in Japan and New Zealand during her college days pursuing interdisciplinary methods to understand the lives of birds.  Her training expertise includes workshops from the North American Banding Council, computer science coding to visualize spatial bird distribution data, and lots of time birding in the field.  She is the co-founder of the Willamette University Bird Nerds, an official undergraduate club dedicated to bird watching.  She will present “Visualizing Migratory Connectivity in Bird Around the World” which will be her attempt to introduce the audience to what you do with measurements from birds in the hand to clouds of data crowd sourced from observers around the world.  

Hazel Carr is a junior biology major who also comes from Seattle and competes at a national level of collegiate running.  She has been a dedicated contributor to a focused effort to make Willamette University campus a richly sourced hot spot on eBird.  Almost every week of Fall and Spring semester she has done an hour long bird count with Craig and a small band of informal volunteers counting the birds in the walkable spaces on and around campus.  During those walks she has developed an interest in how anthropogenic noise may influence bird behavior and she is writing a grant to fund equipment to start collecting baseline data on noise pollution.  Her talk is titled “Data and Discoveries from the Willamette University eBird Hotspot.”
      
Birder’s Night is a monthly program presented by Salem Audubon Society on the second Tuesday of each month from September through May.  Meetings are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30 PM.  The meetings are held at the First United Methodist Church (address above).  Please enter through the office entrance on State Street. Salem Audubon always appreciates donations to support its conservation, education and stewardship programs.  For more information, call the Salem Audubon office at (503) 588-7340.

  
 


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