Evidence seems to indicate that these “secretive” sounds are an important part of the bird’s ability to survive and reproduce.
Program: “Careless Whispers? Deciphering the Hidden Vocal Repertoire of a Common Backyard Bird, the Dark-eyed Junco”
Presenter: Dustin G. Reichard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Location: Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Pkwy, North Olmsted, OH 44070 Map
Programs are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.
Description: Birders have been fascinated by the diversity of songs and calls produced by birds throughout the year. Vocalizations help us to identify species by ear and the melodic songs produced by songbirds in the spring serves two functions - attract mates and repel rivals. Yet birds also produce quiet, whispered sounds when in close proximity with a mate or rival. Evidence seems to indicate that these “secretive” sounds are an important part of the bird’s ability to survive and reproduce. Let’s welcome Dr. Dustin Reichard of Ohio Wesleyan University, who studies these quieter sounds.