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Deutschlander Presents in Canandaigua

Professor of Biology Mark Deutschlander will present a guest lecture, “Throwing Caution to the Wind: the Extraordinary Feats of Migratory Songbirds” at the Wood Library in Canandaigua as part of a special speaker series featuring HWS faculty members.

The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 in the Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room Sides A & B. The event is free and open to the public.

At the talk, Deutschlander, who has focused his research on the sensory and physiological aspects of migration and navigation, will discuss how scientists study the migration of both populations and individuals, and ways in which the public can contribute to the base of knowledge of bird migrations.

Deutschlander says most species breeding in the summer spend only three months in northern areas, four to six weeks for spring and fall migration, and six months over winter in Central or South America. He says that although migration is the shortest period of the year for the birds, it remains the most dangerous.

During the talk, Deutschlander will address questions such as: What drives these migrations? How do birds find their way over thousands of miles? How do birds prepare for and accomplish these migrations? And what dangers do birds face along the way?

Deutschlander serves on the Board of Directors for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory (and served as a past president and vice president) and chairs the Observatory’s research committee. He also serves as first vice president for the Wilson Ornithological Society, the second oldest and second largest scientific ornithological society in North America. When that appointment concludes, he will serve two years as president.

Deutschlander’s publications on navigation appear in a wide array of prestigious international and national journals, including NatureThe Journal of Experimental Biology and Journal of Field Ornithology. His most recent paper in The Auk looks at other aspects of migration biology.

He earned his B.S. in biology summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Geneseo and his Ph.D. in zoology from Indiana University. He joined the HWS faculty in 2000 and has served as chair of the Biology Department, the HWS Health Professions Program and the Colleges’ Committee on Academic Affairs.

For information about the free program at Wood Library, call (585) 394-1381 or visit