A Short History of Bird Migration
Speaker:R. Todd Engstrom
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Social at 7:00 p.m.
Program at 7:30 p.m.
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue
Migration is one of nature’s most amazing spectacles. From now until the end of May, millions of birds will collective fly millions of miles as they move from winter homes that lie as far away as Argentina to summer haunts well north of the Canadian border. The mass movement of whole populations provides a great time to experience the beauty of some of our most colorful songbirds. For example, Purple Martins aleady have begun to move through North Florida and very soon we’ll be hearing the buzzy songs of Parula Warblers in the trees and the harsh “wheeps” of Great Crested Flycatchers.
Todd Engstrom has over 30 years of experience with the migration phenomenon in North Florida. Todd received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1986 and was the Vertebrate Ecologist at Tall Timbers Research Station from 1990-2002. With Bobby Crawford, he published a 29-year review of the avian mortality that occurred during migration at the WCTV tower in northern Leon County in 2001. This long-term study provides an unparalleled look at migration in our region, and Todd continues to monitor migration through his connections with the eBird Program at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and his work with professional ornithological societies.