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Uganda Birds and Mammals

Monday, January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Speaker:

John Black is a retired Professor of Physics with a long-standing interest in birds. This avocation, which has taken him around the globe, began formally with his participation in an environmental impact study in the Yukon in 1972. Since 1980 he has been traveling the world to see all bird families. At this date he has seen 239 families of birds in the world. (There are currently about 248 families in the world on the Clements’s List.) In 1993 he redirected his research activities from the theoretical study of atoms at metal surfaces to the study of bird migration. In 1995 he was cross appointed to the Biological Sciences Department at Brock University. Since then, he and his collaborators have studied bird migration with acoustic microphones and weather radar. Some of his work in this area has been published in Birder’s Journal, Weather and Forecasting and the Auk. For some years he was councilor and webmaster for the Association of Field Ornithologists. He was the Regional Coordinator for Niagara for the second Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas. From 2007 to 2011 he was president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists. He is the coauthor, with Kayo Roy, of the book ‘Niagara Birds’

The Presentation:

Over the 17 days the speaker spent in Uganda, he travelled from Entebbe to Lake Albert and the Victoria Nile where he took a number of game drives. Then he drove down to the south to Kibale Forest where they encountered Chimpanzees. Then further south to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where he spent some time with gorillas! Lots of birds and mammals were encountered on the route.

The bird family he wished to see on this trip was the Shoebill, a family of bird found only in the east central part of Africa. That goal was accomplished on the second day of the trip, so the rest of the trip was a wonderful exposure to the culture, mammals, and birds of Uganda. In all he saw 38 species of mammals (13 of which were new to him) and 416 bird species (110 which were new to him). This power point presentation will show you some of the highlights of the trip.


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Monday, January 24
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Zoom Meeting
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Snehaa Suryanarayanan