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(AT) Deep Dive – Hummingbirds, Special in Many Ways

August 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Program:  Hummingbirds, Special in Many Ways

Presenter:  Gailon Brehm

Description:   Hummingbirds that visit the flowers in our back yards are quite different from other small birds like chickadees, robins, cardinals, and buntings that occupy the same habitat. These little beauties can fly backwards and probe nectar deep withing flowers because of fundamental features of their anatomy. This talk will use photos and video to explore how such adaptations are possible. We will also speculate on how hummingbird evolutionary history resulted in such uniqueness and why they are only seen in the western hemisphere. With plenty of photos of these colorful birds, we will give insight into how to at least TRY to identify our nearby hummingbirds by sight.

Gailon Brehm is a Texas Master Naturalist, BP class of 2014. He is past president of the Prairie and Timbers Audubon Society and North Central Texas Regional Director for the Texas Ornithological Society. He has birdied in several parts of the world and leads regular “beginner friendly” bird walks. Prior to retiring to have time to enjoy birding, grandchildren, home and landscape projects, volunteering, and travel with wife Paula, Gailon worked as an electrical engineer. That career started with research leading to a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and involved inventing and deploying semiconductor chips that helped enable today’s mobile phones and fighter jet radars.

Date:  Thursday, August 27, 2020

To maximize your opportunity to attend this online deep dive class, it will be offered at two different times.  Both sessions will be live, with time allocated for questions and answers.  Members may attend both sessions if they choose but cannot earn additional AT for repeating the same session.

Times:  Session 1 – 4:00-4:30 pm | Session 2 – 6:00-6:30 pm

Online Platform:  ZOOM Application; If you do not already have the ZOOM application on your computer or mobile device, see “Steps to Download ZOOM” below.

Join Meeting Instructions:  The Meeting ID and Password to join this meeting will be sent to all members in a separate email on Tuesday, August 25.  Please note, each class has a unique ZOOM Meeting ID number and password.

BPTMN Contact:  Rick Travis – rickt@bptmn.org

Logging AT:  Report as AT: BPTMN: Other Pre-approved training (Name of class in Comments).  While you are welcome to attend both sessions of this class, you will only earn ½-hour of AT.  Put another way, whether you attend one or both sessions, you will earn only ½-hour AT.

Other Information: 

 Steps to download ZOOM on your computer:

  1. In your browser type https://zoom.us
  2. Click SIGN UP, IT’S FREE
  3. For verification, confirm your birthdate; click CONTINUE
  4. Enter your email address; click SIGN UP
  5. Zoom will send you an email message; open this email; click CONFIRMATION LINK
  6. A new window will open; click ACTIVATE ACCOUNT
    1. Set up your account; enter your name and create your password
  7. A new window will open; Invite colleagues – SKIP
  8. Test Meeting – Click on START MEETING NOW; test your audio settings
  9. A new screen will open; If prompted, you may need to click on DOWNLOAD & RUN APP
  10. Once you have downloaded and run the ZOOM App, a JOIN A MEETING screen will open
    1. Click on JOIN A MEETING
    2. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID
    3. Enter the Zoom Meeting Password Provided via email
    4. Click JOIN

      Steps to download on your mobile device: 

  1. Go to the App Store (Apple) or Play Store (Android)
  3. Install the App
  4. Follow the instructions to set up your account
  5. Click on JOIN A MEETING
  6. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID
  7. Enter the Zoom Meeting Password Provided via email
  8. Click JOIN

     See you in the Deep Dive!


August 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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