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Biology professor to discuss bird migration

Mark Deutschlander of the HWS biology faculty will talk about “Bird Migration and the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Finger Lakes Institute Classroom, 601 S. Main St.

His talk is free and open to the public, and registration is requested by calling ext. 4382 or e-mailing fli@hws.edu.

Each fall and spring, the Finger Lakes region hosts migratory birds on their way toward wintering or breeding grounds. Deutschlander will discuss migration and specifically the activities of the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, a non-profit organization of which he is president and where he conducts much of his research. It is on the south shore of Lake Ontario, just northwest of Rochester.

The volunteer-based organization conducts research to monitor migratory birds, and is listed as one of Audubon Society’s Important Bird Areas, because it is a focal point of songbird and raptor activity during the spring and fall migrations.

Participants will learn about the role that observatories and the public can play in monitoring bird migration and opportunities that exist in the Finger Lakes Region to get involved in bird banding and monitoring.

Deutschlander holds a bachelor of science from State University College at Geneseo and his doctorate in Indiana University. He joined the faculty in 2002.