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DOS March Meeting: “Understanding Bird Loss” by CareyJo Titus

March 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm UTC+0

About the presentation:

CareyJo will talk to us about the Ecology of Bird Loss Project, which looks to understand how the loss of birds affects ecosystem processes such as seed dispersal, pollination, and invertebrate abundance. Her team works to understand the relationship between Såli (Micronesian Starlings), the only remaining seed-dispersing bird on Guam, and Brown Treesnakes, invasive predators that have led to the extinction of all other native forest birds. By monitoring Såli fledgling survival before and after snake suppression efforts we can determine the most effective methods to control this prolific invasive species, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing Guam’s lost avifauna and restoring ecosystem function.

About the Speaker:

CareyJo Titus is an Avian Field Technician with Iowa State University’s Ecology of Bird Loss Project in Guam. Her interest in birds began while studying Zoology and Wildlife Biology at Malone University. This interest led her to pursue a Master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University, where I worked with Loggerhead Shrike vocal behavior. In addition to her work, which she loves, she enjoys hiking, snorkeling, wildlife photography, and learning about new cuisines whenever she travels! 

The meeting is held online via Zoom software.

Members will receive an email with Zoom login info prior to the meeting.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, please use the button below to request login info which is available a few days before the meeting.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you soon!