Why do birds leave, and where do they go? What factors on their winter grounds affect survival?  Join Dr. Leonard Reisma, Plymouth State University, to learn more about the ecology of migratory birds in the Granite State.  Dr. Reisma will share findings and insights from over eight years of research on Canada warblers in Canaan, NH.  He will present at 7pm on May 27th at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center in Albany.


Dr. Reitsma is the Chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH and has been a professor at the University since 1992. As an avian ecologist, Dr. Reitsma conducts research on migratory bird ecology in both New Hampshire and the tropics.  He and his students have been studying the Canada warbler extensively since 2003.  Dr. Reitsma is also serves as the Chair of the Conservation Commission in Canaan, NH, and is the co-founder and president of the New England Institute for Landscape Ecology, a non-profit research and education institute.     


Dr. Reitsma will discuss his ongoing work on Canada warblers in Canaan, highlighting what has been learned about their reproductive biology, habitat selection, demographics, and changes that have occurred over the eight years of the study. He will also share findings from a pilot project in Ecuador examining this species’ habitat use during the non-breeding season.

Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Programs are sponsored in part by LL Bean and Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated; members are free. For more information or for reservations, call 447-6991.