All AAS Program Meetings are open to the general public.
Monday, March 23, 2015 —Seabirding in Alachua County? The Cross-Florida Common Loon Migration: Common Loons are an iconic bird in much of North America. In their stunning breeding plumage, they nest across Canada and the northern US. Their wild yodeling calls are a hallmark of mist-shrouded northern lakes, and they are the national bird of Canada, appearing on their $1 coins (better known as “Loonies”). In their drabber winter plumage, they undertake a great migration to winter on the Pacific, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico coasts. They are a well-known migrant at coastal observation points. So why is this an interesting topic here in the middle of Florida, far from either coast and a long way from mist-shrouded northern lakes? In the mid-1990s it was discovered that a few Common Loons could be seen flying over Gainesville in late March and early April. Dr. Andrew Kratter of the Florida Museum of Natural History thought it would be fun to document this migration and discovered that it is much more extensive than he could ever have imagined and likely involves a large percentage of the population wintering in peninsular Florida. He will give details of this discovery and explain the pattern, extent, and timing of this unlikely migration route. The social begins at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm at the Millhopper Library Meeting Room, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 —Our Wildland Security Advisory System: Cracking the Anti-Predator Code of Tufted Titmice: The delightful Paridae (chickadees and titmice) are highly social birds that exhibit exceptional vocal complexity. Capable of encoding 2/3 of the information that the English language can, the sophisticated information encoded in parid calls is used by numerous species to avoid danger and enhance survival. Dr. Katie Sieving of the UF Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation will discuss how we decode meaning in Parid calls and how we are beginning to map landscapes of animal information. The social begins at 6:30 pm and the program at 7:00 pm at the Millhopper Library Meeting Room, 3145 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville.