MCAS Virtual Community Program: Trans-Pacific Migrations, NOV 16th


MCAS Virtual Community Program (via Zoom)

Monday, November 16th, 7:00 pm

Trans-Pacific Migrations

Presented by Peter Pyle, ornithologist and marine biologist


Topic: MCAS November Community Program
Time: Nov 16, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 835 6924 8860
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Discover the amazing movement patterns of albatross, sharks, and other open ocean creatures as Peter Pyle, Institute for Bird Populations wildlife biologist, presents his research on Transpacific Migration. Find out how Pacific Ocean migrants overcome the hardships and risks of long-distance travel through and overinhospitable and food-deprived central Pacific Ocean. The great flights of Black-footed Albatrosses, which come 4000 miles to California to get food for their chicks, will be a primary focus. In addition, he will discuss the fasting of turtles, tuna, Great White Sharks and other marine animals, as well as the surprising over-water journeys of various shorebirds, land birds, insects, and bats, and he will put all of this information into conservation contexts.

Peter Pyle is an ornithologist and marine biologist. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he partook in the Hawaii, Micronesia, and Samoa Forest Bird Surveys. From the early 1980s through the early 2000s much of his research was conducted on birds and white sharks at the Farallon Islands, California. He has developed aspecial interest in bird molt and how it can be used to age birds, and has published many papers and taught many workshops on this subject in North and Latin America. Among bird banders, he is best known for his Identification Guides summarizing molt, ageing, and sexing information for North American birds in the hand. He is a Research Associate both at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, and the B.P. BishopMuseum, Honolulu. To date, he has authored over 120 papers in scientific journals and three books, and has been a co-author on over 70 additional scientific papers and an on-line monograph on the birds of Hawaii. He currently works for the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station, California.