Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30pm

Hot and cold energy ninjas:
how hummingbirds survive the night

Anusha Shankar with hummingbird

Speaker: Anusha Shankar 

Register for this Zoom webinar here: https://tinyurl.com/cbc202104mtg

Hummingbirds live fast. They have among the highest metabolic rates of all vertebrates, and must eat constantly to stay alive. Their existence is closely tied to the availability of their food resources- nectar plants and insects- and yet there are over 330 species of them, and they are found all over the Americas: from the deserts of Arizona to the high elevation Andes. I would love to share with you some of what I found by studying hummingbirds day and night! Especially at night. What do hummingbirds do when they can't see their food plants or eat- do they just drop dead, or starve, or perhaps... go into a hibernation-like state? Come attend this talk to find out some of the surprising nightlife of hummingbirds!

About the Speaker:
Dr. Anusha Shankar is a Rose Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Before this, she was at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Stony Brook University (NY), and did her Bachelor's and Master's in India. She is also a National Geographic Explorer and Young Leader. She is broadly very curious about how animals manage their energetic needs in difficult conditions. For her PhD, she studied how hummingbirds balance their daily energetic needs, in the Ecuadorian Andes and in Arizona. She is now continuing that work to understand how hummingbirds enter a state of 'torpor' at night. She plans to work longer-term in the tropics, with a home base in India. Anusha loves salsa dancing, photography, and reading fiction.

Cayuga Bird Club meetings start at 7:30pm on the second Monday of each month, September through June. Webinars are free and open to the public. Each virtual meeting will begin with the speaker's presentation, followed by club business.

Upcoming Webinars:
  • May 10, 2021 - Jeff Wells: Boreal birds and Indigenous-led Conservation
  • June 14, 2021 - to be determined (traditionally, annual potluck held at this meeting)