Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Minnesota Ornithological Union Paper Session this Saturday!

Posted by Kirk Mona
It's that time again. Time for the annual MOU Paper Session. This is one of the most interesting bird-based events of the year and it only costs some pocket change to attend. For a measly $5 you can attend and hear all of these top notch folks discuss the latest research, trends and discoveries on birds.

There are also information booths from Audubon Center of the North Woods, Audubon MN, BirdNation!, Carver Park Reserve - Lowry Nature Center, Common Nighthawk Breeding Study, Earl Orf Photography, Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory, Kollath-Stensaas Publishing, M.O.U. - Education Committee, Midwest Peregrine Society, MN Backyard Birds, Midwinter Golden Eagle Survey; National Eagle Center, Red Headed Woodpecker Recovery, Urban Birding Festival of the Twin Cities

Check out the line-up this year:

8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome
Dr. Susan Weller
Director, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota

9:10 Wisconsin Loon Ecology Study
Dr. Charles Walcott
Retired Director, Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

9:50 USGS GPS Study of Botulism and Migration in Common Loons
Kevin Kenow
Research Wildlife Biologist, US Geological Survey

10:20 The Avian Tree Of Life, One More Time...New Branches...New Developments
Dr. Scott Lanyon
Head, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Bell Museum of Natural History

10:45 Announcements. break, visit exhibits, book sales

11:15 CBS Bird Study Revelations
Steve Stucker
MN DNR County Biological Survey.

11:40 Minnesota's Breeding Bird Atlas, New Sites and Sightings
Bonnie Sample
Audubon Minnesota

12:00 Lunch, visit exhibits

1:00 MOU annual business meeting and awards

1:55 Status of American White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants in Minnesota
Linda Wires, Katie Haws, and Dr. Francesca Cuthbert

2:15 Unrestrained Outdoor Cats - How Do They Impact Birds?
Tom Will
Office of Migratory Birds, US Fish and Wildlife

2:35 Break and visit exhibits

2:55 Wintering Distribution and Habitat Use of Neotropical Migrant Birds in Costa Rica
Carroll Hendertson
MN DNR Nongame Wildlife Program

3:20 Peregrine Falcon Success Update
Jackie Fallon
Midwest Peregrine Society

3:40 Purple Martin Conservation Progress
Kelly Applegate
Purple Martin Working Group

4:05 Build Safe - Bringing Bird-Safety to Architects and Building Designers
Joanna Eckles
Audubon

4:30 Closing comments

The paper session is held at and hosted by the Bell Museum of Natural History, on the University of Minnesota campus, 10 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis, at the intersection of University and 17th. Underground, heated parking is available in Nolte Garage, next to the museum.

See you there!

~Kirk

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