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Bird Migration on Long Island: Shai Mitra, Ph.D.

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Shai Mitra will survey places on Long Island where migrating birds can be seen and discuss migratory patterns across the seasons

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Shai Mitra will survey some of the many places on Long Island where migrating birds can be seen, with special attention devoted to visible fall migration and the relationship between migration and vagrancy. Bird migration occurs throughout the year on Long Island, and birders can deepen their appreciation of birds and their insights into avian ecology by looking for seasonal movements at unexpected times and in unexpected places.

Shai Mitra has studied birds in the northeastern United States and around the world for more than 40 years. He received a BA in Biology from Cornell Univesity in 1989 and a PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Chicago in 1996. From 1996-2000 he operated a major bird-banding station at the Fire Island Lighthouse, on the South Shore of Long Island. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Biology at the College of Staten Island, with research interests in the areas of avian ecology, evolution, and conservation. Shai is Editor of The Kingbird, the quarterly publication of the New York State Ornithological Association; co-compiler of bird records for the New York City and Long Island region; Chair of the Rhode Island Avian Records Committee; and co-compiler of the Southern Nassau County and Napatree, Rhode Island, Christmas Bird Counts.

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Saw Mill River Audubon a friendly community of people who enjoy exploring the outdoors. Our 1,100+ members are drawn from northwestern Westchester County, New York and beyond. All enjoying learning more about birds, other wildlife and their habitats and all share a common belief about the value of healthy habitats ffor birds, other wildlife and people.

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