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Function of Bird Vocalizations – presentation by Dr. Herb Wilson

Posted May 13, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Song Sparrow singing
Jerry Kirkhart
Song Sparrow singing

Sunday, May 25, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Cobscook Community Learning Center, 10 Commissary Point Road, Trescott, Maine

For more information: 207-733-2233; downeastbirdfest.org

Birds communicate by the production of vocalizations and non-vocal sounds (like the drumming of a woodpecker or the wing-whirring of an American woodcock). Dr. Herb Wilson of Colby College will begin by describing how bird vocalizations are created. Using a number of examples, he will examine the diversity of vocal and non-vocal sounds. He will show how different sounds can communicate a variety of messages. You will learn how and why some birds mimic others, how some birds can harmonize with themselves and vocalizations can even be used to fly in the dark. Come to the songfest!

Dr. Herb Wilson is a professor of biology at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has a broad range of ornithological interests. Over the past quarter century in Maine, he has conducted research on the ecology of Black-capped Chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Palm Warblers, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Purple Finches. For the past 20 years, he has been tracking patterns of spring arrival of migratory breeding birds with the assistance of over 200 citizen scientists.

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