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PRAS Banquet and Silent Auction with Dr. Reed Bowman
March 23, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Reservation deadline is March 15, 2017. Tickets will NOT be available at the door. Mail check for $35/person ($32 by March 1) to: Sandy Artman, 1102 Hawks Nest Ct., Punta Gorda, FL 33950. Please include your name(s), phone & email address. For more information call Sandy Artman at 941-575-0651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join the PEACE RIVER AUDUBON SOCIETY on Thursday, March 23, 2017 for our
40th Annual Banquet and Fundraiser with special guest Dr. Reed Bowman.
Dr. Reed Bowman is the Director of the Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station, one of the nation’s top biological field stations. He also leads the demographic and behavioral research on Florida Scrub-Jays at Archbold, part of one of the longest running study of a wild marked population of birds in the world. This study was begun in 1969 by Dr. Glen Woolfenden at USF. Virtually all birds in the population are individually-marked, the population is systematically censused each month and has been for 548 continuous months. Each breeding attempt is monitored and complete life histories of all birds hatched within the study area are known. From these data, a pedigree nearly 14 generations deep has been created. In addition, blood samples have been taken from jays since the late 1980s and the complete genome of the Florida Scrub-Jay has been deciphered leading to next generation questions about how genetics and the effects of individual lineages, interaction with our environment to shape the modern behavior and population trends of this Threatened species.
Dr. Bowman will talk about the natural history of the Florida Scrub-Jay, the natural processes that shape its social system, behavior, and demography. He also will talk about how a 48-year old research project evolves over time and its contributions to the conservation of this iconic species. He will present fascinating vignettes about jays and their complicated relationship to their home – the Florida Scrub.