Schedule of Events

General Schedule

A PDF of the schedule can be found here.

January 23, 2021

NOTE: All times Pacific Standard Time

9:00-9:10 – Introduction to the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

Welcome from the WVBS: ALAN HARRINGTON, Masters Student, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

9:10-10:10 – Plenary 1: “The bird way: A New look at how birds talk, work, play, parent, and think.”   

DR. JENNIFER ACKERMAN, Ornithologist and Author.

10:10-10:15 – Break

10:15-11:30 – Oral presentations, morning session

10:15 – Blood lead levels of songbirds following the Flint, Michigan drinking water crisis.

DOROTHY ZAHOR, Masters Student, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

10:30 – Marbled murrelets rely on each other to identify potential nesting sites.

JONATHON VALENTE, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

10:45 – Moving between the green and black: Black-backed woodpecker habitat selection in a fire-prone landscape.

MARK KERSTENS, Masters Student, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

11:00 – Bird and cat interactions across urban and rural habitats as determined from wildlife rehabilitation center data.

KIRSTIN DEMEZAS, Masters Student, Department Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

11:15 – Does timber harvest emulate natural disturbance for Oregon’s early seral forest birds?

GRAHAM FRANK, PhD Student, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

11:30-12:00 – Lunch

12:00-12:30 – Raptor Virtual Encounter with Chintimini Wildlife Center

12:30-1:30 – Plenary 2: “Genital evolution in birds.”

DR. PATRICIA (PATTY) BRENNAN, Assistant Professor Biological Sciences, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

1:30-1:35 – Break

1:35-2:35 – Oral presentations, afternoon session

1:35 – Sagebrush CSI: methods for collecting evidence from a predator.

LINDSEY PERRY, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

1:50 – Becoming birds: strengthening ecoliteracy through birds, birding, and place.

DR. TERESA WICKS, Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator, Portland Audubon Society, Burns, Oregon.

2:05 – Are large-scale bark beetle outbreaks a disturbance to forest songbird communities?

DR.WILLIAM JANOUSEK, Biologist and Bird Enthusiast, Missoula, Montana.

2:20 – Golden eagle reproduction in the northern range of Yellowstone National Park

DAVE HAINES, Masters Student, University of Montana – Avian Science Center, Missoula, Montana.

2:35-2:40 – Break

2:40-3:40 – Plenary 3: “Birdsong for the curious naturalist.”   

DR. DONALD KROODSMA, Ornithologist and Author, Hatfield, Massachusetts.

3:40-3:55 – Closing remarks

Closing remarks from the WVBS: KAYLA RUTH, PhD Student, Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.

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