Please join us for this very interesting Program on Least Terns. Our speaker is non other than our Avian Ecologist Ted Below. Ted had many years of data and interesting facts on the status of our Least Terns.
For those of you who don't know Ted here is some of his history and this is why we are so lucky to have him as part of our organization!
Ted provides a fine example of an amateur birder and conservationist who moved to the rank of "professional” later in life. His mother, Lilla, well known to the older birders in Florida, was a bird watcher for many years, is responsible for getting Ted into birding in the mid 60’s. He helped band Sooty Tern’s in the Dry Tortugas for 15 years. He was able to capture adult Sooty Terns out of the air with long-handed “crab nets”. These banding trips first exposed Ted to numerous ornithologists where he “caught the bug” In 1972 Ted began working with Ralph Schreiber ”the pelican man” by monitoring Brown Pelican populations along the SW coast of Florida. Soon Ted incorporated other coastal water birds (e.g., long-legged wader, shorebirds) of about 45 species, and a much larger portion of SW Florida coastline into his surveys which he still complies today. His 40+ years of research is invaluable to scientists and amateurs alike. Ted has also been a major contributor to the first relocation project for the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay, a research program initiated by Ron Mumme.