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MONTHLY MEETING: Soras on the Patuxent River
September 4, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Kings Landing Park, Calvert County
3255 Kings Landing Rd, Huntingtown, MD 20639
GREG KEARNS, Naturalist, MNCPPC, Patuxent River Park
Greg’s interest in the secret life of Sora Rails began in 1987 at Jug Bay and led to ground-breaking research that found answers to migration questions through improved trapping techniques (banding more than 4,000 rails), digital sound lures, and radio telemetry. Now, 20 years later, Greg restarted the Sora telemetry migration research with new “Motus” technology after receiving grants from the Cove Pt. Natural Heritage Trust and other private and government entities. Also, research was initiated using new less invasive DNA methods from blood samples to create a method to sex the birds accurately. Greg will share his slides and discoveries so far in two seasons of field work and where it might go in the future. Light refreshments and mingling start at 7 p.m. Public invited. Free event. Inquiries to Tiffany Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-609-1345.