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WBBA Webinar: Black Swifts in Colorado

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST

Join the Western Bird Banding Association to watch a webinar with our very own Senior Spatial Ecologist and Black Swift Monitoring Lead, Rob Sparks. This is a two part webinar with Rob presenting first.

1) Black Swifts in Colorado presented by Rob Sparks of the Bird Conservatory of the Rockies. The Black Swift is an aerial insectivore that has evolved an almost exclusive lifestyle on the wing. This species is of continental concern but little is known about its movement ecology. We deployed accelerometers (wing activity devices) and GPS tags to fill in the missing movement ecology gaps across this species annual cycle. We recently discovered a new behavior, an amazing adaptation to moonlight and gained insight into their foraging patterns during the breeding season.


2) Developing capacity for future banders in Mexico through workshops and expansion of the MoSI program presented by Said Felix of EcoKaban. / Desarrollo de capacidades para futuros anilladores mediante talleres enfocados en el manejo de estaciones MoSi en México. I will discuss my work during 7 years of offering bird banding workshops, and demonstrate how our MoSI banding station is managed. In addition to training future banders, the MoSi program is develops alliances and support networks are that improve our bird conservation relationships internationally. This talk will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles available. / Se expondrá la experiencia obtenida durante 7 años de ofrecer talleres a profesionistas, estudiantes y emprendedores para mejorar o aprender las habilidades de anillamiento de aves, y como es que se maneja una estación MoSI o una estación de anillado, donde se han tenido más de 90 participantes de diferentes estados de México, y Estados Unidos, y que además de formar futuros anilladores se hace difusión del programa MoSi, se crean alianzas, y redes de apoyo para mejorar la relación del programa con quienes lo ejecutan.

We hope to see you there!
WBBA Webinars: Black Swifts in Colorado & Developing Banding Capacity in Mexico
When: Thursday, March 7, 2024 06:00 PM Mountain Time

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March 7
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm MST
Event Category:


Online/Virtual Program