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Free Events: Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs

Sunday, Jan 29, 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Chico Masonic Family Center (Map)


How the Struggle for Survival has Shaped Birds with their Behavior

Birds may seem not to have a care in the world, but they face arduous challenges every moment of every day. Using senses, instincts, and their physical and physiological adaptations honed by evolution, birds have to find food, migrate long distances, withstand the vagaries of the weather, and avoid predators, all the while competing with each other and countless other species for survival.

Today, after surviving for more than 200 million years, birds are challenged by a new set of obstacles brought about by humans. How do they make their way in the face of these trials? Avoiding collisions with cars, changing their songs in noisy cities, and using street lights to increase their foraging times are just a few of the remarkable ways birds cope with a changing planet. We marvel at their resilience while we bemoan the increasing challenges we pose to birds.

Roger's book, Beaks, Bones, and Bird Songs, will be available for sale for $20 at this presentation and throughout the Festival weekend.


Roger Lederer

Dr. Roger Lederer is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at California State University, Chico, whose expertise is ecology, science education, and ornithology. He has published over thirty scientific research papers and seven books, including Ecology and Field Biology, Amazing Birds (in seven languages), Birds of Bidwell Park, Latin for Bird Lovers, and Beaks, Bones, and Birdsongs. Dr. Lederer has served as a consultant to governments, private organizations, and schools on environmental issues, and presented hundreds of public presentations to a wide variety of audiences. He has been consulted by BBC, National Geographic, National Public Radio, National Canadian Television, Guinness World Records, and many other organizations, publications, and individuals for his expertise on birds.

He is still active as a member of the local science fair board, maintaining his popular website, Ornithology.com, and exploring the world. He has traveled to 100 countries and has been a guest speaker and naturalist on several cruise lines across the world, speaking on ecology, natural history, and geology.

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