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Monthly Meeting: Reflections on Seven Years as an Ornithologist in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula presented by Richard Feldman

2023-10-12 @ 7:00 PM 9:30 PM EDT

Richard Feldman is currently a Wildlife Landscape Ecologist with the Ontario Ministry Natural Resources and Forestry. After graduating from Queen’s in Biology, he completed a Master’s in Forest Science at the University of British Columbia, a PhD at McGill, and post-docs at Trent and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His main research interest is understanding how the response of species to fine-scale environmental variation depends on broader spatial and temporal gradients, such as latitude and seasons.

In his talk, Richard will discuss the research he conducted during the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, when he had the good fortune to be able to conduct weekly bird surveys in a local tropical forest fragment in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. While most of the urban bird assemblage changed little through the year, every visit still brought surprises as non-urban birds still sometimes wandered into the middle of the city. While birding, Richard could reflect on the research he and his students had conducted in the Yucatan, attempting to understand how communities change across the Peninsula and across seasons. For example, they found that, during migration, migratory bird species richness is decoupled from local habitat productivity, and individual habitat use is unrelated to local resource availability. However, during winter, species redistribute themselves to match productivity gradients. For this talk, Richard hopes you can explore with him how ecological patterns in a region shaped by spatial and temporal variation in precipitation differ from regions shaped by temperature and get to know a place where some Ontario birds spend the winter.

Yucatan Penninsula
Yucatan Peninsula

Thursday, Oct. 12.
Doors open 7:00 PM, Meeting starts 7:30 PM

Hybrid meeting: Zoom + in-person at

Camp Kawartha Environment Centre 2505 Pioneer Road

Maximum 45 attendees

Camp Kawartha Environment Centre

2505 Pioneer Rd
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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