Endorsed by Curators:
Monthly program meeting of the Prince George's Audubon Society and the Patuxent Bird Club (MOS chapter).
Program: "The Expansion of Brown Pelicans Into the Chesapeake Bay Region"
presented by Dave Brinker
During the mid-1900s, Brown Pelicans seriously declined along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States and were eventually listed as a threatened species. Historically, pelicans had never been recorded as a nesting species in Maryland or anywhere to the north. As pelican populations were recovering from the impacts of DDT, Dave discovered Marylands first Brown Pelican nesting in 1987. Since wandering into the Middle Atlantic States, Brown Pelican populations have increased dramatically. The remarkable expansion of local Brown Pelicans in the region will be described. Come learn how adults feed tiny chicks, and where Maryland nesting pelicans spend their winters, along with other snippets of the natural history of this fascinating water bird.
A regional ecologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program since 1990, Dave works on biodiversity conservation, where he specializes in colonial nesting waterbirds, marsh birds, and raptors, as well as freshwater mussels, tiger beetles and odonates. He began bird banding in 1975 with raptors in Wisconsin at the Little Suamico Ornithological Station, and has been banding Northern Saw-whet Owls in Maryland since 1986, and at Assateague Island since 1991. He founded the now continental collaborative banding effort Project Owlnet in 1994. Along with colleagues and many volunteers he has organized banding of over 35,000 Brown Pelicans in Maryland and Virginia. In addition to his professional duties, during his free time he studies Northern Goshawks in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and has experience with traditional radio, satellite, and cellular telemetry of Black Skimmers, Northern Goshawks, Northern Saw-whet and Snowy Owls. Most recently, he co-founded, and is a leading principal in Project SNOWstorm, a project tracking Snowy Owls. He has published a number of scientific papers
and authored numerous species accounts in both Maryland Breeding Bird Atlases, as well as the Northern Goshawk accounts in the recent Pennsylvania and West Virginia atlases.
The program starts at 7:30, but doors open at 7. Light refreshments will be provided. The meeting is, as always, free of charge, and open to the public.How to find us:Take stairs or elevator to the second floor. Meeting will be in one of the two meeting rooms.