|Bryan's Shearwater / Photo by Reginald David
Discovering Bryan’s Shearwater
Thursday April 16 in San Francisco
Bryan’s Shearwater (Puffinus bryani) was identified for the first time in 2011 by Peter Pyle and two colleagues, based on DNA analysis of a specimen collected in 1963 on Midway Atoll. That specimen had initially been misidentified as a Little Shearwater. Peter will recount discovery of the new species, which was named after his grandfather. He will share information on these birds, their habitat requirements, and attempts to locate them with remote audio-recording devices designed by U.C. Santa Cruz researchers. Bryan’s Shearwaters appear to be extremely rare and in need of targeted conservation actions to increase their population size.
Peter Pyle, an ornithologist at the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station, is well known among bird banders for his Identification Guides summarizing molt, ageing and sexing information for birds in the hand.Date: Thursday, April 16 Time: 7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 speaker Place: First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary), San Francisco Cost: Free for GGAS members, $5 for non-members
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