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Behavioral Responses of Breeding Birds to Humans, Predators Topic at AMK Ranch

July 21, 2008

Behavioral responses of breeding songbirds to both predators and humans will be discussed Thursday, July 24, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

Anna Chalfoun, University of Wyoming assistant research scientist for the Department of Zoology and Physiology, will discuss "Behavioral Responses of Breeding Birds to Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances" at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 per person fee; reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Center at (307) 543-2463.

Chalfoun says wildlife species are continually faced with various types of disturbances which may alter important breeding behaviors and ultimately population and community dynamics. What is still unclear is whether animals respond similarly to human presence and disturbance as they do to their natural predators.

Her talk will focus on previous and ongoing research investigating the behavioral responses of breeding songbirds to both natural predators and various types of human disturbances.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and governmental scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the Greater Yellowstone Area.

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