Sound and Feature: How Media Specimens are Revolutionizing Modern Ornithology
Exhibit lecture by Mike Webster (Dept. of Neurobiology & Behavior / The 
Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Friday, June 9, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Stern Seminar Room (160), Mann Library

For centuries ornithological research has relied on the study of specimens to 
reveal the ecology, life histories and evolution of birds. Today we can also 
collect a new type of specimen, the "media specimen": an audio or video 
recording of a bird in nature. These recordings capture key aspects of wild 
bird behavior in ways that traditional physical specimens simply cannot. 
Drawing from his own work in Australia and North America as well as that of 
other Cornell scientists and students, Dr. Mike Webster of the Cornell Dept. of 
Neurobiology and Behavior will show how media specimens are advancing 
modern-day research aimed at understanding and conserving birds and how 
inexpensive new technologies are allowing everyday "citizen scientists" to 
collect and use media specimens. Efforts such as these are fostering broader 
participation in ornithological science, a better understanding of birds at 
continental and even global scales, and deeper appreciation of the natural 
world by a world-wide public.

Following Dr. Webster's talk, please join us for a reception in the Mann 
Gallery, in celebration of the new exhibit: "Around the World and Back: 
Building Cornell's Nature Collections Through 

Other reunion 2017 events at Mann Library include:

  *   Making It at the Library: 3D printing and makerspace 
Friday, June 9, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Mann Lobby;
  *   Exhibit:  "Mark Catesby: Naturalist in North 
America,"<> M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat 
1:00 - 5:00 pm, Mann Lobby & Top Shelf Gallery, 1st floor;
  *   Guided viewing of Mark Catesby's 18th century 
"The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands,"  with Dr. 
Don Rakow, Saturday, June 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm,  Rare & Manuscript Collection 
Reference Room, Kroch Library Level 2B.
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