Nature NL October Public Lecture: The Next New Birds
Speaker: Ken Knowles
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm
at the MUN Science Building, Room SN 2067
Four hundred species of birds have been seen in insular Newfoundland as of Aug. 2016. New species have been arriving since 1947 at the average rate of two or three a year, and this increase shows no signs of slowing down.
In this presentation Ken Knowles (Avid birder and Naturalist) will naively attempt to predict which species will show up next. What might the bird checklist consist of in the year 2040? By combining patterns of vagrancy, migratory and dispersal tendencies, range expansions, global warming and even future splits, it should be possible to forecast most, but never all, of our new arrivals.
Ken has been birding and photographing birds in Newfoundland for over 30 years. As well as birds, his nature interests include wildflowers, butterflies, and recently dragonflies. After a career as a Trombonist and Professor of Music at Memorial, he retired in 2004 in order to be free as a bird.