SP18 Nesting Ecology of Birds

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Wednesday June 6

9:15 AM  –  12:15 PM

Nesting Ecology of Birds
Instructor: Aaron Steed
Wednesday, June 6; 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
$29 Member / $39 Non-member
Limit: 12 students
Three hours elective credit for BRN Certificate

Every spring, many birds begin constructing the nests that will house and protect their offspring until they are old enough to leave. Each species has its own unique nest preference that dictates placement, shape, and materials used in construction. Students will learn how to identify the nests of backyard species, and how to attract them by using nest boxes. The classroom portion will be followed by time spent walking around the Arboretum looking for active nests. Students should bring binoculars if they have them.

Aaron Steed received his bachelor of science in general biology from UNC Asheville and has birded nationally and internationally. He worked with Audubon N.C., searching for piping plover nesting sites and with Texas A&M performing territory mapping and monitoring of golden-cheeked warblers and black-capped vireos in the hill country of Texas. He spent several seasons working for Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), learning the art of passerine and raptor banding and hawk-watching at Big Bald Banding Station in Mars Hill, N.C.