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Freshwater Science: Do Islands Help Birds Migrate Across Lake Erie?

September 13, 2023 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

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  • Time:Sep 13 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, 2023
  • Event Organizer:Jill Jentes Banicki | Contact Host
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Many migratory songbirds cross Lake Erie during their nocturnal migrations. However, it’s uncertain how the topography of the island archipelago in the central-western basin of the lake might influence the flight paths of these migratory birds.

Dr. Verner Bingman from Bowling Green State University has been investigating how nocturnally migrating songbirds use the islands as visual guideposts to maintain preferred flight directions, compensate for the negative effects of wind drift and potentially serve as landing refuge as birds end their migration on a given night.

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information.

About the Speaker

Verner Bingman
Verner Bingman Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University

Dr. Verner Bingman is a Distinguished Research Professor within the Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University. His research focuses on animal navigation and how the brain controls navigational behavior. He does so by mostly working with homing pigeons, migratory birds and whip spiders, with a special interest in the hippocampus and its comparative organization across vertebrate groups. That interest in the hippocampus nurtures additional research into memory processes. Dr. Bingman has been at Bowling Green since 1989 and teaches courses in ornithology and cognitive neuroscience.

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