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Journeys: Ospreys, Technology, and an Author

April 20, 2019

5:00 PM

Location:
Visitor Center Gallery

2019 Spring Lecture

FREE

Biologist Rob Bierregaard will discuss his last 18 years, placing GPS satellite transmitters on over 100 ospreys from South Carolina to Newfoundland, Canada. Rob and his team studied their migration, and with each advance in technology they were able to understand more and more about the navigation of ospreys. Rob then wrote a children's book about his favorite osprey and her journey.

After graduate school, Rob Bierregaard spent 8 years in Amazonian Brazil, leading a large-scale study of the effects of habitat fragmentation on tropical rainforest ecosystems. After 5 years working for the World Wildlife Fund and the Smithsonian Institution in DC, he taught Ornithology and Ecology at UNC-Charlotte for 18 years. During his time in Charlotte he led a 10-year study of Charlotte’s thriving suburban Barred Owl population. Rob has been studying Ospreys since 1971. He began satellite-tagging Ospreys in 2000. Since then he has followed the migration 47 adult and 61 juveniles tagged from South Carolina to the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland.

Belles Journey, his first children’s book, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky, tells the story of a young Osprey’s first migration to South America and back. The book was released in May of 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing. It was awarded one of two honorable mentions in the National Outdoor Book Awards’ Children’s division, was listed as an outstanding science trade book for 2019 by the National Science Teachers’ Association, and was the Bank Street College of Education’s Children’s Book Committee’s November, 2018, pick of the month.

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