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The Ware River Nature Club will hold a one-day Our Aerial Insectivorous Birds: Current Conservation Issues conference at Harvard Forest in Petersham on April 28th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The guild of northeastern avian insectivores—birds that specialize in feeding on flying insects—includes Whip-poor-wills, Common Nighthawks, Chimney Swifts, several species of swallows and flycatchers, and Purple Martins. Most of these species are experiencing dramatic population declines and range contraction. The magnitude of the declines over the past 25 years has been alarming. For that reason the plight of aerial insectivores is gaining increasing attention among biologists in New England.
This conference will address the ecology and current status of many of these species, particularly in New England; present theories regarding population decline; summarize recent research strategies and findings; and explore citizen science opportunities.
Cost of the Conference is $35 for students and members, $45 for non-members, including lunch.
For more information or to register, see http://www.warerivernatureclub.org/avian-aerial-insectivore-conference.html