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Where do Breeding Bank Swallows Go at Sunset?
November 16, 2017
An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating indefinitely
Implications for conservation of a declining aerial insectivore
Dr. Greg Mitchell, research scientist with the Wildlife Research Division of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and adjunct research professor (Carleton University) will be guest speaker as the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists “When Things go Bump in the Night” speaker series continues.
Mitchell is studying the habitat requirements of migratory species in human-dominated or working landscapes throughout southern Canada using field surveys, weather radar detection of biological entities, and citizen science data such as breeding bird surveys.
Dr. Mitchell will share his work on Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia), a threatened species in Ontario. His research team recently discovered, among other things, the “cryptic and broad-scale movements of bank swallows . . . in the early evening during the breeding season.”
The results of this fascinating research has revealed interesting insights into the effects of sunset and sunrise on movements of these aerial insectivores, as well as the importance of wetland roosting habitats during breeding season. Join us for Dr. Mitchell’s presentation: “Where Do Bank Swallows Go During Breeding When the Sun Sets? Implications for conservation of a declining aerial insectivore.”
Dr. Mitchell’s presentation details:
Thursday November 16 / 7:30 PM / Almonte United Church 106 Elgin St. Almonte, ON
Doors to the social hall at Almonte United Church will open at 7 PM and the program gets underway at 7:30 PM. Refreshments are available throughout the evening and a discussion will follow the presentation. As always, the event is free for MVFN members and youth under 18; non-members fee at the door is $5; all are welcome. For further information please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Gretta Bradley at
Press Release pdf: The Flight of the Bank Swallow
photo courtesy Greg Mitchell