Eugenia Becker heronflight99 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 10 22:00:47 PST 2019

Salem Audubon Birder’s Night
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 – 6:30 pm
The Carrier Room, First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street, Salem    

“The Secretive Use of Riparian Corridors by Post-Breeding Birds”

Josée Rousseau, PhD Candidate, Department of Forestry Ecosystems and Society,
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
     OSU PhD candidate Josée Rousseau will present a program about the bird banding project at Luckiamute Landing Site Natural Area which she was instrumental in starting.  “We typically know what habitats are associated with each bird species during the breeding season but what about the post- breeding season?   Essential processes such as molting and fat accumulation are completed during post-breeding and are required to survive migration.  Yet, very little is known about the bird’s requirements and movements during that part of their annual life cycle.”  Josée’s curiosity and desire for answers to these questions led her to initiate the bird banding project with 3 goals in mind:
1. learn more about the use of riparian corridors by birds during the post breeding season
2.  train biologists with the skills and knowledge needed to safely handle birds and record accurate data       
3.  provide feedback to restoration efforts about the use of riparian floodplain forests by birds
     Join us Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 to find out how Josée and her group of biologists designed their project and carried it out.  Learn the answers and conclusions they were able to reach by carrying out the bird banding research.
     Josée Rousseau is a native of Northern Quebec, where she learned at a young age the relationship between habitats, weather, and animals.  These relationships were important to her family of recreational fisherman and hunters.  She is now studying these same interactions, but through the lens of science.  She is completing a PhD at Oregon State University, using large-scale sets to determine if bird species select the same habitats throughout their breeding distribution and along their migration route.  She is also hoping to complete a postdoc at OSU, building on the efforts started with the Luckiamute project.
     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 are (almost always) held in the Carrier Room of the United First Methodist Church, 600 State Street.  The church requests that all attending use the State Street entrance.  Salem Audubon always appreciates donations to support its conservation education and stewardship programs.  For more information contact the Audubon officer at 503-588-7340. 

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