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November DOS Monthly Meeting – “Louisiana Waterthrushes As Unique Bioindicators”
November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, Nov 15th
“Louisiana Waterthrushes As Unique Bioindicators”
with Terry Master
“The Louisiana Waterthrush is unique as the only stream dwelling songbird in the Eastern United States. Aspects of its biology are therefore interesting in their own right but also make the waterthrush an effective bioindicator of headwater stream environments.
This is a story about what the Louisiana Waterthrush can tell us about headwater streams here at home, which compose at least 75% of most watersheds, and how the waterthrush fits into an assembly of stream-dwelling songbirds worldwide.”
Terry Master’s life-long interest in birds was spurred by the gift of a small Golden Field Guide from his father is chair. Terry currently serves as Chair of the Biology Department at East Stroudsburg University. He received his B.S. in Biology from Muhlenberg College, his M.S. in Biology from East Stroudsburg University and his Ph.D. from Lehigh University. He has been teaching courses in ornithology, tropical ecosystems, ecology and animal behavior at East Stroudsburg University for 28 years. Research subjects that he and his graduates students have studied include Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Forster’s Terns and for many years, neotropical migrants, especially the Louisiana Waterthrush and Acadian Flycatcher, that prefer riparian habitats dominated by Eastern Hemlock. Their research results have been presented at regional, national and international scientific conferences in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Brazil and published in many ornithological journals. Terry combined his fondness for birds, travel, education and photography by organizing and conducting natural history tours with his wife, Sally, to the Galapagos Islands, Kenya, and Tanzania. Costa Rica has been an especially frequent destination for his Tropical Ornithology/ Ecology classes since 1996. He currently resides with Sally and their 3 cats, Moose, Florabelle and Jimmy, and a dog named Tica, in Bushkill Township near Nazareth, Pennsylvania.