Topic: Trans-Pacific Migrations
Presenter: Peter Pyle
VIRTUAL Meeting Format Via Zoom (see details below)
Discover the amazing movement patterns of albatross, sharks and other open ocean creatures as Peter Pyle, Institute for Bird Populations wildlife biologist, presents his research on Trans-Pacific Migrations. Find out how Pacific Ocean migrants overcome the hardships and risks of long-distance travel through and over inhospitable and food-deprived central Pacific ocean. The great flights of Black-footed Albatrosses, which come 4000 miles to California to get food for their chicks, will be a primary focus. In addition, he will discuss the fasting of turtles, tuna, Great White Sharks and other marine animals, as well as the surprising over-water journeys of various shorebirds, land birds, insects, and bats, and he will put all of this information into conservation contexts.
Peter Pyle is an ornithologist and marine biologist studying bird, bat, and butterfly migration as well as the habits of the Great White Shark. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he partook in the Hawaii, Micronesia, and Samoa Forest Bird Surveys. From the early 1980s through the early 2000s much of his research was conducted on birds and white sharks at the Farallon Islands, California. He has developed a special interest in bird molt and how it can be used to age birds, and has published many papers and taught many workshops on this subject in North and Latin America. His books: “Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part I and II”, summarizing molt, aging, and sexing information for North American birds in the hand, are revered among bird banders. To date, he has authored over 120 papers in scientific journals and three books, and has been a co-author on over 70 additional scientific papers and an on-line monograph on the birds of Hawaii. He is a Research Associate both at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the B.P. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. Peter currently works for the Institute for Bird Populations where he conducts research on changes in the abundance, distribution, and ecology of North and Latin American bird populations.
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