Our November program speaker will be Dr. Dave Russell from Miami University. Dave teaches ornithology at Miami and also runs the Avian Research and Education Institute.
Many of us also know Dave as an excellent local birder who has done a few big (or bigish) years lately. Dave will be talking about taxonomic changes to the bird species of North America. The
American Ornithologists Society (formerly American Ornithologists Union) has a committee responsible for evaluating new science and information on populations of birds. Sometimes this information results in a change the way the scientific community recognizes species.
Many of us will recall some of the recent higher profile “lumps” and “splits” such as the recent lumping of Thayer’s Gull into Iceland Gull (Finally!), but did you know that Brown Creepers almost became Nearctic Creepers or that Yellow-rumped Warblers almost became Myrtles again?
Dave plans on talking about some of the recent changes that have been made, as well as some that have not been made (yet). Come out for what should be a very interesting talk and to see if you might have some “armchair lifebirds” coming on the horizon!
Meet at Sharon Centre, in Sharon Woods, located at 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville Ohio. Take I-275 to the Sharonville exit and go south about 3/4 mile to the entrance of Sharon Woods, then follow the signs to the visitor center.