November Membership Program

November 24, 2020

Time: 7:00 pm (Tuesday)

Location: Facebook Live

This program will be presented LIVE on Facebook Live. You do not need a Facebook account to view it. Simply click on this link at 7:00 PM November 24: https://www.facebook.com/Northern-Arizona-Audubon-Society-678850928825284 . If you see a message that asks you to be a Facebook subscriber, you may click on the “Not Now” and the program will be presented.

Name of presenter: Ruby Hammond

Photograph: Ruby Hammond with Brown-crested Flycatcher

Ruby Hammond will be talking about her dissertation research at Northern Arizona University. Ruby has worked as a field biologist since 2002, mostly conducting ornithological research. She has worked with birds in eleven states and abroad, with her greatest contributions being in HI, AK, and more-recently AZ. In addition to her ornithological interests, she has broadened her research scope to include the social sciences and will have a paper published in spring about the usefulness of bird feeders in increasing connection to nature in 6th graders and their parents. Ruby, independently, and collaboratively, spends a great deal of her free time engaging the public and students of all ages in nature education and exploration activities.

Title of program: Weird woodpeckers of Northern Arizona forests

Hairy Woodpecker, Mariah Letowt photo credit

Ruby’s presentation will focus on her studies of Hairy Woodpecker foraging ecology. In November 2016, she documented Hairy Woodpeckers excavating for food in live trees that were not dead or dying near Sunset Crater National Monument. Because excavation of food in live trees isn’t well documented for non-sapsucking woodpeckers, Ruby has been investigating how tree characteristics such as bark thickness, amount of resin, etc. may be related to woodpecker’s and wood-borers’ (i.e., woodpecker prey) use of trees. She has also been trying to determine if tree age or growth rate might be related to woodpecker and wood-borer tree use.

Admission info: Free, no registration required

Important Note: This program will NOT be presented at either the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church nor Sedona Public Library. Due to the COVID19 emergency, This will be presented live but on-line using Facebook Live. Join this one in the comfort of your own home.