Thank you for joining us at the Songbirds & Native Birds Info Day with Wesley Webb, a bird-nerd ecologist at Massey University in Albany. His PhD was on NZ bellbird/korimako songbird dialects across the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, and the focus of his current postdoc is the evolution of female birdsong complexity in songbirds around the world.
Songbirds & Native Birds Talk:
11am – 12pm, Northcote Library
Bird Monitoring Workshop:
1:30pm – 3pm, Stancich Reserve, opposite 32 Ocean View Road
Come to one or come to both!
What to expect: The sounds of the forest – and beyond!
A tour of acoustic communication in animals. Some species develop their sounds automatically. Others (like humans and songbirds) must learn by listening and imitating — which leads to the interesting phenomenon of dialects. Dr Wesley Webb will take us on a tour of the astonishing diversity of acoustic communication in animals, including many native NZ taonga. He will also reveal some surprises about male and female song dialects in New Zealand bellbirds.
After the captivating talk, we will run a Bird Monitoring Workshop in Stancich Reserve, a short distance away. This Reserve has a big grove of mature kahikatea trees and we might get lucky seeing and hearing some native birds.