Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 7:00 pm

To Join the program: https://uoregon.zoom.us/j/96792227348?pwd=TS9UZitpUCtNNU5CZHNXajVIQnk5QT09

Meeting ID: 967 9222 7348
Passcode: 589595

Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds

While birding at Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing – a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song. He thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn’t mentioned in any field guide. Since then he’s been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior.

Born and raised in Oregon, Rich Hoyer earned bachelor’s degrees in German and Zoology at Oregon State University. Following a few years as an itinerant biologist and summer guide on Saint Paul Island, Alaska, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a professional birding tour leader for WINGS for the past 23 years.

He leads tours to such exciting locations as Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize, and Jamaica, but he also looks forward to his annual tours that explore the beauty and diversity of his home state. Rich now lives in Eugene, eagerly adding birds and insects to his ever-growing yard list.

This and past Lane Audubon Zoom Program recordings are available on YouTube for anyone to view.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:00pm