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.
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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.
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