February 2021 Monthly Presentation via Zoom: The Great Avian Wanderers of the Antarctic: Albatross and Other Pelagic Seabirds

February 22, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Donna Keller

Many who travel to the Antarctic Continent go by ship leaving from Ushuaia, Argentina, at the very southern tip of South America. The next 48 hours are spent in the roughest seas in the world – the Drake Passage in the Southern Ocean. With the massive waves comes one of the most majestic sights one can ever see as a birder – pelagic seabirds, including the Wandering Albatross with the longest wingspan of any bird in the world –12 feet! Albatross and other pelagic seabirds spend most of their lives at sea and much of that time in flight. In her talk, Dr. Jen Owen will take you on a photographic journey to share her experiences witnessing these remarkable birds. She will explore the adaptive traits they possess that allow them to thrive in one of the harshest areas of the world. Additionally, she will explore the breeding colonies of pelagic seabirds and co-nesting species (penguins) in Antarctica and the Falkland Islands.

Join us on Monday, February 22, 7:30 PM, via Zoom.

A link to the meeting will be emailed to the membership a few days prior to the meeting. If ASK does not have a current email address for you, please let us know at ask@kalamazooaudubon.org. Our plan is to record the meeting and make it available for later viewing.

Dr. Jen Owen, Associate Professor
Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and Large Animal

Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University
Director of Michigan State Bird Observatory

Center Coordinator for Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center

Dr. Owen leads an interdisciplinary research program that addresses issues at the interface of wild bird, human, and environmental health. She and her students are currently studying how variation in habitat quality and access to adequate food affects a bird’s ability to meet the demands of the migratory period. Additionally, Owen investigates the role of birds in the spread and maintenance of zoonotic pathogens.