Arboretum to host Marvels of Migration photography, lecture Dec. 9

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Last winter Superior birders and photographers were surprised when a wayward Common Goldeneye spent a few days at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, near the scenic copper-mining town of Superior.

Would you believe that of the 850 bird species in North America, more than 300 leave the continent and spend the winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean? In preparation, some transform themselves into “super birds” gorging until they accumulate fat reserves that almost double their body weight in order to have the energy for transcontinental flight.

Others take an opposite approach – flying just a few hours each day. And how do they find their way? An internal magnetic compass, eyes that can see polarized light or even magnetic directions, memorized celestial maps along with many other methods have all have been hypothesized and some convincing data collected.

Research biologist and ASU Polytechnic Wildlife Professor Stan Cunningham will share these and more insights into avian migration during a lecture Dec. 9 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum – accompanied by his impressive photography of birds on the wing.

The presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the lecture room of the Smith Building and is open to the public, included with daily admission of $9, and no preregistration required.

For the past three decades Cunningham has lived an adventurous life you’d expect to see depicted on film crawling into black bear dens during wintertime as a wildlife biologist for the Arizona Game & Fish Department and spending a month each summer in Alaska as a professional photographer, shooting vivid pictures of brown bears for magazines, tourist lodges and leading Alaskan photo safaris and ecotourism trips.

A professor of wildlife biology at Arizona State University Polytechnic since 2006, Cunningham is known for his decades of research about bears, mountain lions, and the ecological effects of wildfire.

On Sunday, Dec. 9, he will share some of the secrets scientists have learned on migration and navigation along with some of his most breathtaking avian photography.

Read more about Arboretum events at Ag.Arizona.edu/BTA.

To comment on this article and others  visit the Copper Area News Facebook or send us an email at CBNSun@MinerSunBasin.com 

admin (7655 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    CAC Science Club has fun outing to the Reid Park Zoo

    May 20th, 2015
    by

    Copper Area News It could not have been a more pleasant day to visit the Reid Park Zoo for the Central Arizona College (CAC) Science Club and Biology group who


    Ray seniors earn thousands in scholarships

    May 20th, 2015
    by

    Copper Basin News Thousands of dollars in scholarships and awards were presented to Ray High School graduating seniors last week during the 2015 Scholarship and Awards program held in the


    Lobo athletes honored at sports banquet

    May 20th, 2015
    by

    Hayden High School honored its 2014-15 student-athletes at its annual Athletic Banquet, which was held on Tuesday, May 11, 2015 in the school gymnasium.


    Hayden’s Top Students

    May 20th, 2015
    by

    Hayden High School this year named Jacob Manriquez as Valedictorian and Gabriel Mariscal as Salutatorian. Both young men will speak to family, friends and faculty on Friday, May 22, at 7


  • Stories Just For You

    Valentine’s month ‘Hearts Rock’ photography at the Arboretum

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    February is a special month for lovers, including lovers of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA). In celebration of this special […]


    Batter up for the 2014 Little League season

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    The Superior Little League Board of directors are gearing up for another community tradition and that is Little League Baseball/Softball. […]


    Need a ride? New service available in Superior

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    Superior – There is a new business in the town of Superior, and it is taking everyone, including the Superior […]


    Superior Police Report

    February 5th, 2014
    by

    According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the […]


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather