The Marvels of Avian Migration

Leader or Speaker: 
Jenny Murtaugh
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers EEC, Delmar
Date: 
January 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The Marvels of Avian Migration
Why do birds and other animals migrate? Which birds migrate at night and which by day? Did you know some species travel 700 miles per day during migration? Or that the Arctic Tern migrates as many as 22,000 miles each year (and to the moon and back over the span of its lifetime)? During this program, you will learn about different migration strategies and mechanics, the advantages and disadvantages migration, and the techniques used to study these marvelous travelers. The particularly impressive migration feats of some species will also be covered. Current techniques relating to the “why’s” and “how’s” of migration study are highlighted (e.g., birdbanding, radio telemetry, moon watching, radar tracking, and night flight calls), among other featured topics that provide an overview of the latest news and information relating to the always-evolving study of migration.

Bio
Jenny Murtaugh is a Biologist with the NYS DEC. She began working for DEC during her senior year of Wildlife Management at SUNY Cobleskill in 2009. She has done research through DEC, the NYS Museum and SUNY ESF related to coyote genetics and ecology, fishers, Karner blue butterflies, frosted elfin butterflies, grassland and marsh birds, and wintering raptors like the state-endangered short eared owl and state-threatened northern harrier. She also worked extensively in the development of NY’s current State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).
Jenny’s current work is focused on coordinating the review of large scale energy projects throughout the state for fish, wildlife, and wetland impacts. During the breeding season, she is a bander at DEC’s Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship Program (MAPS) station here at Five Rivers. She also recently began banding at the Albany Pine Bush MAPS station, as well as at their fall migrant banding station. She is currently researching the declining eastern whip-poor-will with the goal of developing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that could be used to benefit the species in NY as part of her graduate work in SUNY Albany’s Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy program. In her free time, she trains and competes in the sport of dog agility with her border collie, Fly, and enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks.