Greetings Birders and Bird Enthusiasts!
I hope everyone is enjoying our spring seabird migration, which is now WELL
underway! I wanted to remind you the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society will
again be meeting at the Gualala Arts Center on April 15, 2013 for their
annual south coast General Program.
This years program will be of special interest to those who attempt to
follow the ongoing changes in avian phylogeny as DNA enhances and alters the
placement of species by the pioneering ornithologists, who relied upon
physical appearance, habitat and activity. David Mindell, PhD, will be
presenting a talk on "Raptor Conservation and the Tree of Life". Hell
discuss his recent research with colleagues on the conservation and
phylogeny of birds in the families Accipitridae and Falconidae, including
studies of the Oriental White-backed Vulture, Hook-billed Kite, and
Light morph, Gyrfalcon
He will also place raptor phylogeny into the context of the centuries-long
effort to circumscribe Earth's biological diversity and outline why this
effort matters to society.
David P. Mindell is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of
California, San Francisco. Prior to this, David served as Dean of Science
and Harry & Diana Hind Chair at the California Academy of Sciences, and
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Museum of
Zoology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He conducts research on
avian molecular systematics and on conservation biology of birds of prey.
His other interests include comparative genomics and public understanding of
this science. He has published over 120 scientific articles and has received
research funding from the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation
and The Peregrine Fund. He has written a popular science book entitled _The
Evolving World: Evolution in Everyday Life_, which won the 2007 Independent
Publisher Gold Medal award for Best Book in the science category.
While this program will be different than some of the travelogues weve
enjoyed at the GAC, Ive heard David speak in Belize and believe most of you
will find his topic fascinating.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and Davids talk ~7:30.
Good Birding and I hope to see many of you there,
WindandSea at The Sea Ranch
N 38°45'02" W 123° 31'27"
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