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Hello All,

We resume the Monday Night Seminar series with a special event at *Cornell
Cinema (Willard Staright Hall) *on *February 29th at 7:00pm*. As usual the
event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited—first come, first
served. Thanks for helping spread the word!  - Marc

*Special film screening: Racing Extinction *Screening starts at 7:00pm
(approx. 1hr), Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Christopher Clark

Come to the Cornell Cinema to watch "Racing Extinction" in this special
free screening hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The film, from
Louis Psihoyos, director of the Academy Award-winning documentary "The
Cove,” follows a team of artists and activists as they seek to expose
activities that are driving extinction, and inspire people to see the
planet in a new way, with never-before-seen images. Christopher Clark, from
the Lab’s Bioacoustics Research Program, is featured in the film, and will
join the audience for questions after the screening. No advance tickets are
needed; seating is first come, first served.


*Upcoming Monday Night Seminars*

March 14

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

*Strange tales of a curious bird: recent research on the SUPERB LYREBIRD
(Menura novaehollandiae)*

Anastasia Dalziell, Postdoctoral Associate, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The male superb lyrebird is world-famous for its remarkable ability to
mimic natural and human-made sounds. Until recently, however, most of our
knowledge of this elusive bird came from the written accounts of early
colonial naturalists and a renowned video sequence by Sir David
Attenborough. Ana traveled to the forests of south-eastern Australia to
study lyrebird mimicry in the wild, and discovered that the lyrebird is
considerably more bizarre than previous reports have indicated. In this
talk, Ana will show that, contrary to early suggestions, male lyrebirds are
highly selective about what sounds they mimic and when they mimic. She will
also discuss the intimate association between vocal mimicry and dance, the
sounds males make during copulation, and the unexpected sophistication of
mimicry by female lyrebirds. Many of these findings are unprecedented, and
thus challenge our understanding of the evolution complex communication in
animals more generally.

March 21

*Today’s Research on Birds*

Connor Taff postdoctoral associate, Sahas Barve, graduate student and
Taylor Heaton Crisologo, undergraduate

Join us for this special Monday Night Seminar showcasing three outstanding
young researchers and ornithologists. Dr. Connor Taff, a postdoctoral
associate at the Cornell Lab, will talk about the elaborate songs and
plumage of male Common Yellowthroats and how these traits evolved over
time. Sahas Barve is an avid birder and exceptional ornithologist from
India. He’ll discuss his work on the coping mechanisms birds use to survive
high in the Himalayas. Then, undergraduate Taylor Heaton Crisologo will
spotlight the strategies used by Herring Gulls to defend their nests and
protect their chicks.

April 11

Cayuga Bird Club Meeting

*Audubon New York’s Important Bird Areas Program –Protection for Critical

Jillian Liner, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon New York

New York’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program strives to identify the most
critical sites in the state for birds and then works towards their
protection and proper management. To date, 12,000 IBAs have been identified
on 6 continents and in 156 countries. The IBA network in NY has provided a
solid foundation upon which to build conservation efforts aimed at
protecting the full diversity of avian species in the state. Recent
conservation projects to protect priority birds at IBAs will be discussed.

Jillian Liner is the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon NY based at
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. She has 20 years’ experience
in the conservation field and has been with Audubon since 2001. At Audubon,
Jillian oversees the Important Bird Area (IBA) program and assists with
implementing habitat management, advocacy, outreach and other land
protection efforts. She co-authored Important Bird Areas of New York:
Habitats Worth Protecting and works closely with state and federal
partners, other NGOs, and Audubon Chapters to increase the protection of
IBAs and other critical habitat areas.

April 25

*Alone in this Remote Place: The Pioneering Women Biologists of New York’s
Raptor Recovery Programs*

Darryl McGrath, Author

Forty years ago, four women biologists in New York played key roles in the
projects that kept the peregrine falcon and bald eagle from going extinct.
All four became the first scientists to achieve several critical
accomplishments in this work. Their research often unfolded in the
wilderness, under difficult, isolated and even dangerous conditions. Author
Darryl McGrath captured their stories in her book, “Flight Paths: A Field
Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People,”
which documents the raptor recovery programs and also pays tribute to the
determination of these early women biologists.

Marc Devokaitis

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