Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter
Program September 22, 2016 - 7:30 pm
Social Learning, Signaling, and  Deception in Blue Jays
Virginia Heinen - University of Minnesota

Being in a social group has advantages: by watching others, you can learn
where the food is and save time searching for it yourself. But social
learning is not always the best option: what if your social partners are
wrong, or what if they're trying to deceive you? Research from the Stephens
Experimental Ecology Laboratory explores how blue jays balance social and
personal information, manage cooperative feeding and what happens when a
signaler wants to lie.

*When:*  Please join us on the 4th Thursday of the month from 7:00-7:30 pm
to socialize over cookies.  A brief business meeting and the featured
speaker begin at 7:30 pm. The meeting will conclude before 9:00 pm.

*Where:* Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 3801
American Blvd E, Bloomington.  Accessible by Hiawatha Light Rail line, get
off at the American Blvd. stop.  Driving, take Hwy 494 to 34th Ave – go
south to American Blvd; turn left, go 2 blocks. Use the staff entrance in
the middle of the building.

*MRVAC meetings are free and open to the public.*

Steve Weston
On Quigley Lake in Eagan, MN
swest...@comcast.net

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