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Biology Program presents

"Smart Feeders" and Optimal Foraging in Birds

Thursday, March 7, 2013

["Smart Feeders" and Optimal Foraging in Birds]
A lecture by David Bonter, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Americans spend billions of dollars each year feeding birds and provide an enormous food subsidy. But little research has been conducted to understand how birds use the food we provide, and how that food influences the survival and behavior of birds. Using passive integrated transponders (PIT tags) and "smart" bird feeders, we're tracking the feeding behavior of individual birds and gaining an unprecedented view of their activity. This presentation will reveal how we use technology to study feeding behavior, and will explore the movements, survival, and daily and annual activity patterns of our favorite feeder birds.

Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium