Hummingbirds in North Carolina
Susan Campbell has been involved in research and education with a primary focus on birds for over twenty years. She has been the leading hummingbird researcher in North Carolina since 1999, banding over five thousand hummingbirds across the state. The majority of those have been Ruby-throated but over three hundred have been western species. Investigating wintering hummingbirds has been a particular interest since her early days as a staff member at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in the early 1990s. In addition to being a Research Affiliate with the Museum, she is a Seasonal Naturalist for North Carolina State Parks. Susan is involved with research, education and outreach at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve and a regular contributor to The Pilot newspaper and the Pine Straw and O Henry magazines, published in the Sandhills.
Introduction to Eastern Bluebirds and Their Nesting Habitat
Eastern bluebirds are a favorite in North Carolina backyards and natural areas. Join the Charlotte Wildlife Stewards chapter of the NC Wildlife Federation as they host Martina Nordstrand, an aspiring ornithologist who has traveled the country specifically to add to her life list of birds and to photograph them. Martina's "life list" tops 500 birds, which is quite a feat for any birder! You will be delighted by her informative and engaging presentation.
The Discovery and Analysis of the Ancient Bald Cypresses of North Carolina
NC Wildlife Federation's Island Wildlife Chapter hosts dendrochronologist Dr. David Stahle for an exploration of the ancient eastern bald cypresses of North Carolina's Black River. Dr. Stahle is the Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville where he founded the Tree Ring Laboratory and The Ancient Bald Cypress Consortium. His research interests include all aspects of dendrochronology, particularly climate change and the proxy evidence for past variation in the El Nino/Southern Oscillation and other large scale atmospheric circulations. Dr Stahle has developed GIS-based predictive models for the location of ancient forests, and is conducting active research in the United States, Mexico and Africa. Dr. Stahle's research is funded by NOAA , NSF , NPS and the USGS and he has published in a variety of journals including, Science, Nature, Journal of Climate and Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Dr. Stahle has taught courses in Physical Geography and Conservation of Natural Resources.