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Birding at Stratford: Mate Choice & Sexual Selection

April 13, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm


birding in Ecuador
April 13, 2013
with Andrew Dolby PH.D.

In some species, males and females look alike, but in others, males are clearly the “show-offs.”  Biologists have long recognized that bright colors, elaborate ornamentation, and bombastic song are the means by which males compete with each other for the attention of females.  Learn about the forces that have produced the flashiest displays in the animal kingdom.

All birding programs are from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., each costs $10.00 per person, and tickets will be sold at the ticket house. The lecture will begin in the duPont Library.  The $10 ticket will entitle attendees to a tour of the Great House. These programs are FREE to FOS members. A minimum of 5 registrants is required in order to present each program. Please contact Jon Bachman at rsvp@stratfordhall.org or call 804-493-1972 to register for any or all of these programs.  Registration is suggested.

The dining room will be open for lunch until 3 p.m.  Overnight accommodations with complimentary continental breakfast are available. For more information contact Lesley Brooks at lbrooks@stratfordhall.org or leave a message at 804-493-1966 and make plans to spend the night.  Reservations must be confirmed.

A behavioral ecologist who holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Andrew Dolby is an Associate Professor and Chair of the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Dolby’s research interests include the evolution of bird song complexity and its function as a mate choice signal, mixed-species flocking behavior, and the avian physiological stress response. Andrew teaches courses in ornithology, animal behavior, ecology, and evolution for Mary Washington. He is a member of the American Ornithologists’ Union and is currently serving as President of the Virginia Society of Ornithology.


April 13, 2013
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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