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Natural History Talk
September 21, 2017
Join MVFN as we begin our NEW Natural History series for 2017-2018. The theme for this year’s series is “When Things Go Bump in the Night”
On September 21st MVFN will host the first of these natural history presentations: “Chimney Swifts: The Threatened Species Sleeping in our Chimneys” with guest speaker educator and biologist Melanie Farquhar.
Our presenter has worked on research projects studying Ancient Murrelet populations in the Queen Charlotte Islands, recording Common Loon vocalizations in eastern Ontario, and recently, examining Chimney Swifts and their roosting behaviour in Renfrew County.
Chimney Swifts are a delight to witness on a warm summer night at dusk as they return home in a swirling rapidly flying group and plummet one by one in “cigar-shaped” dives into their roost for the night. This species is currently in decline. How can citizen scientists help with the conservation of these birds? Melanie will share with us the natural history of this fascinating bird including new insights into their roosting behaviour and factors which may help mitigate their decline.
7:30 PM / Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St. / Free for members. $5 for non-members / All welcome. Refreshments available / Doors open 7 PM
NOTE: Feature photo of Chimney Swift is by George Peck.