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Maine Audubon Speaker Series: A Songbird Superhighway

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  • Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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  • Free

A Songbird Superhighway: Assessing the Effects of Wind Energy Development in the Gulf of Maine
A.J. Leppold and R. L. Holberton, Laboratory of Avian Biology, University of Maine

Holberton and Leppold will give an overview of some of the current research underway as part of the large, collaborative Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network.  Information they share regarding bird migration in the region will be presented in the context of existing and emerging challenges facing our migrants, with an emphasis on assessing potential impacts of land-based and offshore wind energy development.

Adrienne Leppold is a doctoral candidate at UMaine and co-director of the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network.  She is a master bander and, before coming to Maine, operated one of the largest and longest-running banding stations in the country.  Following multiple seasons working as part of Maine Coastal Islands NWR seabird restoration team, she turned her focus back on to landbird migration.  Her doctoral research investigates patterns of songbird migration in the Gulf of Maine, specifically, the environmental, physiological, and behavioral aspects of different migration strategies as they relate to regional weather patterns and geographic characteristics.

Rebecca L. Holberton is a Professor in the School of Biology and Ecology, director of the Laboratory of Avian Biology, and co-director of the Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network.  She received her doctorate in biology in 1991 at the State University of New York, working on the behavior, ecology, and physiology of migratory birds.  Holberton has studied a wide variety of bird species across diverse systems from the Arctic to the Antarctic.  Her work focuses on understanding how events that occur during one stage of the annual cycle can be ‘carried-over’ into subsequent stages and ultimately affect fitness.  Identifying the nature of these seasonal interactions is critical to our understanding of population regulation in migratory birds.

Contact: (207) 781-2330