MARCH 6th Dr. Elena West – RED HEADED WOODPECKER RESEARCH

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  

Beth El Synagogue,  5224 W. 26th Street, St Louis Park, MN  55416

MARCH 6th  RED HEADED WOODPECKER RESEARCH at Cedar Creek 2017-2018      by Dr. Elena West

Presentation on the Red Headed Woodpecker (RHWO) research accomplished and in progress at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East Bethel, Mn. during 2017 and continuing in 2018.  Discussion will center on the 35 adult and nestling RHWOs that had transmitters attached during the summer of 2017.  Discussion will include what we learned and expect to learn as recaptures occur in 2018.  There will also be information about the citizen science projects that are in progress to help this research.  Program will include close up photographs of RHWOs and the research process.

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BIO:  Dr. Elena West is an avian ecologist and conservation biologist with broad research and teaching interests in animal foraging and movement behavior, and quantitative wildlife population ecology. Elena completed her M.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management at the University of Michigan where she also received a graduate certificate in GIS and Spatial Analysis. Elena completed her PhD in Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she examined the influence of anthropogenic food subsidies on the behavior and ecology of Steller’s jays in California state parks. Elena began work with the Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project (Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis) in 2016 and will begin a postdoctoral research position with Audubon, the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Henry Streby (University of Toledo) in 2018 on the annual cycle demography, habitat associations, and migration ecology of red-headed woodpeckers in Minnesota and Ohio.

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