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North Fork Audubon Discusses Avian Vagrancy on Fire Island
September 11, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Friday, September 11th 7:30 pm
Peconic Community Center
1170 Peconic Lane, Peconic
Avian vagrancy at Fire Island: Insights into the composition and conservation of avian communities
Vagrant birds—individuals occurring far beyond the expected geographical limits of their taxa—have fascinated people for centuries.
Long dismissed as the stuff of mere sport and as biologically meaningless accidents, these records are emerging as a valuable dataset. Available in great detail via citizen science, records of rare birds are yielding insights into the causes and consequences of long-distance dispersal, the biological properties of local sites, the demographic trends of populations, the forces shaping community composition, and, ultimately, a more rational approach to conservation.
Professor Shai Mitra has studied birds in the northeastern United States and around the world for more than 35 years. He received a BA in Biology from Cornell University in 1989 and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago in 1996. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of Staten Island, with research interests in the areas of avian ecology, evolution, and conservation.
Shai is Editor of The Kingbird, the quarterly publication of the New York State Ornithological Association; co-compiler of bird records for the New York City and Long Island region; Chair of the Rhode Island Avian Records Committee; and co-compiler of the Captree Christmas Bird Count and two other CBCs on Long Island and Rhode Island.