Bird Bits

Teamwork

Bird couples may work together to decrease predation at their nest. In a behavior called “coordinated misdirection,” both adults will initially fly toward their nest but one will veer off while the other goes directly to the nest. Scientists believe that nest predators are distracted by the bird in flight. This means it’s less likely that the predator will discover the nest entrance itself. The behavior has been shown in at least 28 species of passerine birds, across 5 distinct families.

Eric R. Gulson-Castillo, Harold F. Greeney, and Benjamin G. Freeman (2018) Coordinated misdirection: a probable anti-nest predation behavior widespread in Neotropical birds. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology In Press

Evaluating Expected Outcomes 

In a clever set of experiments, birds in the parrot family learned that they could exchange a token for food. Later, they were given a choice between a token or a piece of food. 

Special Volunteer Opportunity: Audubon in the Schools!

We are very excited to have a newly expanded team working on the Audubon in the Schools program now! Kathy Wilson, Barb Pope, Rose Britton, Marty Merrill, Janet Barnes, and Sue Markley have been organizing the lesson plans, specimens, and supplies while gearing up to offer AITS sessions for the 2018-2019 school year. One teacher has already contacted them and is on the schedule! We still have room for more folks to join this rewarding volunteer effort. If you have an interest in education, care about the children in our community, and want to share your enthusiasm for birds and art, please get in touch! Call Maeve at 541.485.2473, or if you are a teacher wanting to schedule a class session, email Barb Pope at aitsbirds@gmail.com.

Seeking Sponsors for Audubon Adventures

Audubon Adventures is back with a brand new learning kit for the 2018-19 school year, entitled “Getting to Know Birds.” Some teachers have started placing their orders, and are eager to share the new material with students! This year’s kit includes the following three topics:

#1: Get to Know Birds

#2: Hooray for Hummingbirds

#3: Plants Are for the Birds!

Audubon Adventures is developed by professional educators and designed for grades 3-5. Each kit contains 32 printed magazines on each topic as well as access to online features and activities. Thanks to generous sponsors, we offer these kits at no cost to teachers in Lane County.

If you would like to sponsor a classroom, please mail a tax-deductible donation of $45 (payable to LCAS) to Audubon Adventures, PO Box 5086, Eugene, OR 97405, or donate online via the provided link: laneaudubon.org/education/audubon-adventures/sponsor/form

Please contact Rachael Friese at audadventures@gmail.com if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!

Things You Can Do for the Environment

Takeaways from our March Program on Birds and Bugs

  • Drinking shade grown/organic coffee helps improve habitat for migratory birds 
  • Eating organic bananas and other tropical fruit supports the production of organic produce in the U.S. 
  • Keeping cats indoors will save the lives of billions of birds and mammals every year in the U.S. 

New Birds of Lane County Checklist now available!

We are happy to announce that the newly revised Birds of Lane County Checklist has just been printed. Copies will now be available at our program meetings and other LCAS events, as well as at Wild Birds Unlimited.

Many thanks to co-authors Alan Contreras and Vjera Thompson, with contributions from Tye Jeske, Sean Burns, and Tom Mickel. Lane County Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited covered the costs of the publication.

Get Involved—Volunteer!

Lane County Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization, and our members are very proud of the energy and diverse talents that volunteers bring to our cause—we couldn’t do it without them. Volunteering with LCAS is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and—best of all—have fun! For more information, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or audubon(at)efn.org.


 

 


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