Program and Meeting
October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Kansas flyways: the current and future of understanding birds’ movements, by Dr. Alice Boyle, Division of Biology, Kansas State University.
Alice will talk to us a bit about why Kansas is such an interesting place to study bird movement, especially highlighting several of the new discoveries she and her lab have made in recent years. She will then tell us about an exciting new initiative that is already transforming the study of bird migration. She hopes to gain support for “automated telemetry”—a way for birds flying by to basically send us an email—and explain how this could dramatically improve our understanding of how birds use and move through our local grasslands.
Dr. Alice Boyle hails from Winnipeg, Canada, has lived and traveled throughout the Americas, and worked for many years in very wet tropical forests. Since joining the faculty at K-State 10 years ago, she has devoted much of her efforts to studying the birds of tallgrass prairies of Eastern Kansas. She teaches Ornithology (among other things) and mentors many graduate and undergraduate students in avian research. She is fascinated by bird movements—from local migration of tropical birds to the dispersal of grassland birds. She and her students have discovered some unusual movements that our local birds engage in—movements that affect practically everything else about their ecology and conservation.