Member Meeting and Speaker Program 'Robots, Drones and the Science of Studying Prairie-Chickens' with Dr. Jackie Augustine, Audubon of Kansas , February 2021 Recording
Member Meeting and Speaker Dr. Jackie Augustine, Executive Director, Audubon of Kansas, a behavioral ecologist who studies the mating behaviors of wild birds.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Member Meeting and Speaker Series 2020-2021
Member Meeting and Speaker Program, 'Robots, Drones and the Science of Studying Prairie-Chickens' with Dr. Jackie Augustine, Audubon of Kansas, February 2021 Recording
Program: 'Robots, Drones and the Science of Studying Prairie-Chickens'
Presenter: Dr. Jackie Augustine, Executive Director, Audubon of Kansas
Recorded: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Description: Dr. Jackie Augustine, Executive Director, Audubon of Kansas, is a behavioral ecologist who studies the mating behaviors of wild birds. While attending Kansas State University for her doctorate, she fell in love with prairie-chickens, and has now been studying them for nearly two decades. Her current research utilizes robots to study how males attract mates in Greater and Lesser Prairie-Chickens, two declining species whose ranges overlap in western Kansas. Another project is determining whether drones could be used to survey for prairie-chickens in the future. Dr. Augustine describes what fascinates her about prairie-chickens and includes videos of robots and drones in action.
[00:00:00] Nancy Howell, Treasurer & Membership, Chair, WCAS, welcomed everyone to the meeting, provided updates about chapter administration, introduced Board members present, and reviewed upcoming programs. Nancy also reviewed answers to the pre-program Bird Quiz questions.
[00:05:35] Michelle Brosius, WCAS Board Member & Field Trip Co-Coordinator, provided updates about the January 2020 Second Saturday Bird Walk Report, Virtual Field Trip updates, and Michelle reminded viewers of the chapter's Social Distancing Birding Guidelines. Please contact Michelle to donate and to volunteer at MichelleBrosius@wcaudubon.org
[00:09:50] Gloria Ferris, Director-at-Large & Fundraising, Chair, WCAS, invites the public to attend the next Guardians of Nature meeting on Thursday, January 18th & 25th at 7:00 p.m. (EST) and provides updates on the Junior Guardians of Nature Membership. Gloria announces the award of a NAS Collaborative Grant to WCAS. Gloria announces the January Bird of the Month Photography Contest winner and invites contestants to enter the February Photo Contest. Please contact Gloria to donate and to volunteer at GloriaFerris@wcaudubon.org
[00:18:08] Kurt Miske, Board Member, provides details of the new Bluebird Box project and the Jean E. Miske Memorial Fund supporting the project through a 1:1 dollar match up to $500.00. Please contact Kurt to donate and to volunteer at KurtMiske@wcaudubon.org
[00:21:47] Betsey O'Hagan, Digital Strategist, introduces a February schedule of LIVE Wildlife programs in presented in partnership with Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. The programs and a simultaneous fundraiser for the Center, are hosted on Mondays at Noon at the WCAS Virtual Conference Center. Tickets can be purchased at https://bit.ly/39RaefY Betsey encourages the public to make a donation to the Center to support the essential services for wildlife in urban and rural communities at https://bit.ly/2M0ltud
[00:26:40] Amanda Sebrosky, Founder, NEO Chimney Swift Conservation Society provides an update from the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society project to preserve a community chimney for swifts and encourages the public to make a donation to help with the project. If you would like to support local efforts, contact AmandaSebrosky@wcaudubon.org
[00:31:33] Nancy Howell reminds attendees of the Mitchelle's Homemade Ice Cream Fundraiser. Coupons can be purchased at the WCAS Store at https://bit.ly/39uvDgH
[00:32:58] Kaoru Tsubone, Board Member, Ambassador to Japan, discusses next step plans for the Bird Friendly Native Plant Sale. Kaoru invites volunteers to the project. Please contact her at KaoruTsubone@wcaudubon.org
Nancy Howell introduces the March 2, 2021 speaker and then the February 2, 2021 speaker.
[00:35:31] The speaker program commences, 'Robots, Drones and the Science of Studying Prairie-Chickens' with Dr. Jackie Augustine, Audubon of Kansas.
Discussion and Questions: [01:05:17] Questions and answers were discussed with the presenter, Nancy Howell thanks the speaker, closes the meeting, and thanks all participants for attending.
Presentation Slides: WCAS Member Mtg and Speaker Program Slides 02022021 (PDF)
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