Tracking Local Shorebirds at Feb. 17 Science Saturday

Feb 11, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Science Saturday is going to the birds. On Feb. 17, Jenny Euhling, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, will present her talk “Where Do the Birds Go? Tracking Them With Tiny Radio Transponders” at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in LBIF’s main building.

“Attendees will gain an understanding of bird movement and migration using citizen science and tracking technologies,” Foundation marketing and programs associate Jillian Schratz explained.

“Do you ever watch shorebirds take flight off the beach and wonder where they are headed next? Have you ever noticed a shorebird with a green flag or antenna and wondered where it came from? Jennifer will discuss the different species of shorebirds that use the N.J. coastline, as well as her work tracking their movement and migration as a Ph.D. student at Cornell. Come learn about the different ways we can track these movements, from eBird and flag resighting to solar-powered radio tags!”

Science Saturday, now in its 12th season, invites experts to speak about pressing scientific, ecological and sustainability issues that directly affect the shore environment and community. A schedule of all upcoming Science Saturday presentations is available online at lbifoundation.org/science/science-saturdays-3. Lectures will be held every Saturday through April 28, except for March 31.

Admission to Science Saturdays – organized by the LBIF Science Committee – is free for Foundation members. A $5 donation per person is requested from all other attendees. No registration is required.

Breakfast treats and coffee will be provided by Little Bite of Italy in Surf City.

The Foundation is located at 120 Long Beach Blvd.

For more information, call 609-494-1241 or visit lbifoundation.org. —J.K.H.

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