Caspian tern chicks nestle by decoy at the Refuge
Caspian tern chicks nestle by decoy at the Refuge
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The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory launches its Birdy Hour Speaker Series! This virtual Science Talk is free and family-friendly (recommended age: 5th grade & up). The talk by Dr. Alex Hartman of the U.S. Geological Society will focus on two recent successful social attraction projects at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: the establishment of Caspian tern nesting colonies in Alviso Pond A16 and Ravenswood Pond SF2, and the re-establishment of Forster’s tern nesting colonies in Pond A16.

It will be about 30 minutes, followed by Q&A.

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In social attraction, biologists use bird decoys and recorded colony calls to mimic the look and sound of a real waterbird nesting colony, seeking to attract birds to nest.

Dr. Hartman is a wildlife biologist with the USGS Western Ecological Research Center with more than 20 years of experience in waterbird nesting ecology, studying tern nesting preferences and use of islands in San Francisco Bay.

If you have trouble registering or have any questions, please contact Sirena Lao, Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist, at [email protected].