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Space Coast Audubon Monthly Meeting (Virtual): It’s Purple Martin Time!
February 19 @ 6:00 am - 7:30 pm
It’s Purple Martin Time!
Presented by: Anna Forsman
As a Central Floridian, it is likely that you have had the chance to enjoy the friendly chatterings of purple martins. Perhaps you may even be, or know someone who is, a purple martin landlord, providing safe and dependable housing for these swallows. Purple martins breed across much of the United States, including Florida, and then migrate southward to winter in South America. As of spring 2020, UCF has become a hotspot for seeing nesting purple martins in action! With the help of enthusiastic UCF students, Dr. Anna Forsman of UCF Biology, has established the UCF Purple Martin Project, which supplies over 140 nesting gourds for these fascinating birds. During this seminar, Dr. Forsman will talk about the history of the special relationship that purple martins have developed with humans in North America and how scientists and citizens continue to interact with these birds to promote their conservation and greater understanding of their biology and ecology. Dr. Forsman will also talk about how her lab is using genomic techniques (and bird poop) to figure out what types of insects the martins are eating and to characterize the microbial communities living in the guts of these swallows. Join us for Purple Martin Time!
6:00-6:15pm Welcome and birder chat social time
6:15-6:30pm Chapter business
6:30-7:30pm Presentation followed by audience Q&A