Have you ever wondered how scientists research and protect birds? Then join The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory’s Biologist Ben Pearl for an engaging science talk about the work SFBBO does to study and conserve the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius nivosus nivosus), an adorable bird that is so rare it is federally listed as threatened.
Historically, plovers have lived on coastal beaches, but they’ve lost much of their habitat due to human activity. Luckily Bay Area plovers have found refuge on the dry salt pond beds that ring the Bay where each year they breed, forage, and roost. For more than 10 years, SFBBO has studied local plover populations and worked with partners to help increase their numbers.
Ben Pearl is Director of SFBBO’s Plover and Tern Program at SFBBO. He completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and first came to SFBBO while beginning his Masters at San Jose State University. For his Master’s thesis, he examined how various factors affect plover foraging habitat selection during the winter in the South San Francisco Bay. During his talk he will share plover photos, data, and stories from the field, show the tools his teams uses to conduct their research, and talk about how people in the community can help this elusive and charismatic bird.
The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory is a nonprofit in the Milpitas with the mission to conserve birds and their habitats through science and outreach.
Space is limited. RSVP is needed to attend.