When: Thursday, 15 December
Length: 2 hr
Link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtiAwMkxLv8
Resource links: see below
Bird plumage isn’t just beautiful to look at; it reveals a lot about a bird’s age, sex, and natural and evolutionary history. Decoding the clues among feathers in plumages can be a complex art, but Peter Pyle has spent his career trying to understand and document bird molts and plumages. In this webinar, Peter will present a crash course in molt and discuss the many things one can learn from its close examination.
Peter will take us on a trip through the various angles of bird molt, winding our way through the tangled terminology; presenting the vastly improved H-P system in lay-person terms; considering the interactions between bird molt, plumage color, age, and identification; illustrating some unique and fascinating molt patterns; imparting the importance of molting to bird conservation; and concluding with some thoughts on stable isotopes, molt in tropical birds, and avenues for future research. He will provide some updated information on the 2022 revision of his “Identification Guide to North American Birds” and on the use of Macaulay images to study bird molt.
We are thrilled to have Peter work with us on Birds of the World where he’s been editing the Appearance section since 2007.
During this illuminating webinar, co-host and Sr. Managing Editor Brooke Keeney will discuss how Peter’s expertise fits into Birds of the World, and how your contributions to Macaulay Library are used by Peter and other experts to analyze molt.
P.S. The second edition of the Pyle Guide is out this month!
Identification Guide to North American Birds Part 1: Columbidae to Ploceidae, Revised [Passerines] by Pyle, Peter
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WATCH VIDEO – 2021 WFO Virtual Conference Day Four Session six
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