Dr. Charlie Collins will tell us about his long-term studies of swifts which have extended over many years and around the world. Unlike southern California where there are only two locally breeding species, in some tropical areas four to six species may occur in the same foraging flock. Swifts are the consummate aerialists catching all their food on the wing. They also make extended intercontinental migrations, and in some cases spend nearly a full year aloft. Fascinating though they are, studying swifts presents some unique problems one does not encounter when working with terrestrial species.
Charlie is a retired professor of Biology at California State University, Long Beach where he taught ornithology and behavioral ecology for 35 years. His other research interests include Least Terns, owls and the Island Scrub-Jay.
Join us for this interesting presentation at El Dorado Nature Center. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., program ends 8:30 p.m. followed by a brief Q&A, doors close at 9:00 p.m. Parking is free and light refreshments will be served. Please bring recyclable cans/plastic bottles with caps removed to help support chapter activities.