Upcoming ABSA Scientific Day 10th March - interesting talks about birds!

Subject: Upcoming ABSA Scientific Day 10th March - interesting talks about birds!!!!!!
From: "Dean Portelli" <>
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 13:16:12 +1100

  Hi all,

  This year the Australian Bird Study Association's Scientific Day will
  be held on March 10th in Forbes, NSW. The program for the day includes
  several speakers* presenting topics on the theme of
  cooperative-breeding birds in Australia, and a few additional talks on
  other interesting topics.

  Cooperative-breeding systems in birds have generated considerable
  interest and research over the past four decades. Much of this has
  been driven by the apparent paradox of individuals foregoing their own
  reproduction to assist that of others. Dean Portelli, currently
  undertaking a PhD on the cooperative-breeding behaviour of Halls
  Babbler (Pomatostomus halli) will give an introductory presentation on
  the diversity of cooperative-breeding systems and the theories
  proposed to explain their evolution.

  Caroline Blackmore has recently undertaken a PhD study on grey-crowned
  babblers (Pomatostomus temporalis), a well-known Australian
  cooperative-breeder of Australias temperate and tropical woodlands.
  More specifically, Carolines research focussed on the interaction
  between cooperative-breeding and the impact of habitat fragmentation
  on persistence in this near-threatened species.

  Rachel Sims PhD research was centred on the cooperative-breeding
  behaviour of the Dusky Woodswallow (Artamus cyanopterus). Like other
  woodswallows this species is highly mobile, a characteristic not seen
  in the majority of cooperative-breeders. Rachels research examined the
  cooperative-breeding behaviour and social organisation of this
  poorly-understood species.

  Iain Woxvold carried out a PhD on one of the most social of Australian
  birds, the cooperatively-breeding Apostlebird (Struthidea cinerea).
  Unlike the Apostlebird the cooperative-breeding behaviour of the
  closely-related White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos) has been
  well-studied. Iain will discuss society and politics in both these
  very intriguing cooperative-breeding species.
  Given the 2007 ABSA Scientific Day will be held in Forbes we have two
  additional speakers that will give presentations on topics relevant to
  this part of Australia.

  John Rawsthorne is currently undertaking research on the ecology of
  mistletoes and dispersal of mistletoe seeds by birds. Some of this
  research is being conducted in Forbes. John will give a presentation
  on the preliminary results of his very interesting research project.
  Alex Drew has been intimately involved in a long-term monitoring
  project concerned with the colonisation and persistence of birds in
  revegetated patches in the Upper Billabong Creek Catchment, near the
  town of Holbrook north of Albury. Alex will give a presentation on the
  progress and results of this project which is particularly relevant to
  areas where extensive clearing of eucalypt woodlands has taken place
  and revegetation programs are underway.

  Finally, David Drynan of the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme
  (ABBBS) will give a presentation on a new and improved method of
  submitting banding data to the banding office and also conduct a
  Question and Answer session. This is a great opportunity to ask
  questions about bird banding in Australia and the ABBBS.

  *Please note: this is a tentative list of speakers and is subject to
  change prior to the Scientific Day to be held March 10th.
  For more details on the event and to register to attend please contact
  Dean Portelli at 

  Happy Birding!!

  Dean Portelli
  Australian Bird Study Association

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