Second Saturday - Painted Buntings Vocally Agressive?
Saturday, June 8, 2019, 10:00am – 11:30am
The Painted Bunting is a very unusual bird. It is the smallest species that retains female-like plumage into the second year, when males are old enough to breed. Since small birds typically only live a few years, why can Painted Buntings keep female-like plumage, which seems to be less likely to attract a mate than the mature male plumage? What, if any, advantage do subadult Painted Buntings gain from retaining this plumage? Wayne Meyer will report on his research at Hagerman NWR which has been trying to answer these questions. The answers are surprising. Come hear about the research and pose the next great question to be investigated. Perhaps your input will help move this project forward in a new direction.
Wayne Meyer is Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology department at Austin College, where he has been teaching for 26 years. He started birding at 13 in Connecticut. In 1993 he finally achieved his life's dream of being paid to look at birds when he joined the faculty of Austin College. He has birded both coasts of the U.S. extensively and now has spent a quarter century birding in Texas and Oklahoma. The proximity of Austin College to Hagerman NWR has made research on prairie birds easy and convenient and he has been studying song learning and singing in Painted Buntings for over a decade. Meyer is also a sought after speaker for Master Naturalist groups and a frequent speaker at the Friends of Hagerman NWR second Saturday programs.
Photo Credit: Donna Niemann
6465 Refuge Rd
Sherman, TX 75092
Friends of Hagerman
All aboard the all-electric Carlos and Eulalia Cardinal Express for a 60 - 90 minute tour along Wildlife Drive at the Refuge. Free (donations accepted). Guided tours offered at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. Call 903 786 2826 for reservations since seating is limited. Standbys are accepted, if space permits. Tours are recommended for age 6 - adult. Please note - volunteers cannot access messages on Refuge phone system, to make a reservation or to cancel, please speak to a volunteer 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Saturday or 1 - 5 pm on Sundays, thank you. And sorry, no dogs other than service animals are allowed on board the tram.
Nature O'logy Day Camp
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 7:45am – 4:15pm
Come Explore The Wild Side Of Nature! Take a walk on the wild side and spend the day learning about Birds, Butterflies, Fish, Fossils, Nature Art, Ponds, Prairies, and Water Cycles. Sponsored by the Bluestem Master Naturalists. Registration limited to 30 students. For registration form, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org