May's speaker promises to be very interesting and will provide us an opportunity to become involved in an important research effort. It is titled: What Do Birds Eat? Help Us Find Out! Ashley Kennedy, our speaker, is a PhD student at the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. She is a Virginia native. To answer questions about birds’ feeding preferences, and ultimately to help us make better-informed decisions about bird habitat management, Doug Tallamy’s lab at the University of Delaware is undertaking a long-term research project -- but they need help from citizen scientists to make it work! They are compiling a database of bird-insect interactions based on photos contributed from all over North America. Anytime you see a bird with an insect in its bill, snap a photo. Their team will then identify the arthropod prey and add it to their databasewhatdobirdseat.com.
We meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101, Andrews Hall, 601 Jamestown Road, on the campus of William & Mary. Park in the Phi Beta Kappa Hall parking lot; Andrews Hall is directly behind PBK Hall. You must display a parking permit, which you can download here. Meetings are free and open to the public. You need not be a Williamsburg Bird Club member to attend. And we have refreshments!