General Meeting – October 2019

Thu, Oct 10 , 2019
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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“Minnesota’s Birds: What We Thought We Knew, What We Now Know, and What We Still Don’t Know

with Bob Dunlap, President of the Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union

Humans have learned a few things about Minnesota’s birds since the turn of the century. We have increasingly more data, better ways of keeping records, faster means with which to record observations, and an increasing network of observers that have all contributed to a better understanding of Minnesota’s avifauna. Some previous assumptions have proved to be incorrect and others confirmed, yet some questions remain unanswered and some areas unexplored. This presentation will guide you through some new insights and new frontiers for birding in Minnesota. It will also highlight some of the changes we’ve seen since the year 2000 and may yet see in year s to come.

Bob Dunlap has been a birder ever since he received his first field guide to birds at age 5. Birds are both his passion and his career. He has volunteered countless hours for the MOU over the past 12 years and now works for the DNR as a zoologist and data manager with a focus on birds. In 2014 he obtained his Master’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Minnesota; his thesis work focused on grassland birds in western Minnesota and their response to harvesting native prairie vegetation for biofuels. He still goes birding as much as he can in his free time, although with a wife, a dog, a cat, three turtles, and a house, his time is constantly occupied by other priorities.