Monday, October 11, 2021

From Finches to the Launching of the Finch Research Network (FiRN)

Speaker:  Matt Young 

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Many area birders were fortunate and delighted to observe Common Redpolls, as well as other winter finches this past winter season; colorful visitors from the North. In this program, from last year's Superflight of Redpolls to Evening Grosbeaks, to the distribution and ecology of different Red Crossbill flight calls, Matthew Young, President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN), will talk about these interesting and beautiful winter finches and what led to the formation of the Finch Research Network. I'll focus on NY and the northeast as much as possible... and I'll discuss this year's forecast (it'll be out around Sept 20th)

About the speaker:

Matt has been observing and enjoying nature since a very young age. He’s lived in Central New York the past 24 years and it was during this time when he really started studying everything from birds to orchids, and bogs and fens. Matt received his B.S. in Water Resources with a minor in Meteorology from SUNY-Oneonta and his M.S. in Ornithology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry/Syracuse University in 2003. Matt did his masters research on avian diversity in restored wetlands of central New York at the Great Swamp Conservancy. He was a Regional Editor of the Kingbird for 10 years, the state ornithological journal in New York, was an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Studies at SUNY-Cortland, and currently teaches an Intro to Birding class for Cornell University and is the Board Chair at The Wetland Trust.

He’s worked as a social worker (and is currently) with special needs adolescents for close to 10 years, and worked at the Cornell Lab across 15+ years where he did extensive field work for the Lab’s Cerulean and Golden-winged Warblers atlas projects, and was project lead on the Lab’s first Finch Irruptive Bird Survey for Bird Source in 1999. He was the Collections Management Leader/Audio Engineer at the Macaulay Library for about 12 years where he edited sounds for several Merlin packs around the world in addition to being the lead audio engineer on guides, the Songs of the Warblers of North America, Audubon Society Voices of Hawaii’s Birds, and the Cornell Lab’s Guides to Bird Sounds, the North America Master and Essential Sets. He’s been a tour guide leader for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, written finch species accounts for breeding bird atlases and Birds of the World, has published several papers about the Red Crossbill vocal complex, and is the President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN).

Matthew A. Young, M.S. President and Founder of the Finch Research Network (FiRN)

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Monday, November 8, 2021: Karan J. Odom, Female Bird Songs

  • Monday, December 13, 2021: Jay Falk, Female Hummingbirds Avoid Harassment by Looking Like Males

  • Monday, January 10, 2021: Kevin McGowan, Annual Share Your Photos Night

  • Monday, February 14, 2021: Lilly Briggs, Finca Cántaros Environmental Association and bird conservation in Coto Brus, Costa Rica

  • Monday, March 14, 2021: Mark Deutschlander, Blackpoll banding at Braddock Bay, including Motus

Previous Webinar:

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

Zoom webinar tips can be found here: CBC Zoom webinar tips.pdf