Super Bowl Sunday is a big day for many Americans, some who have paid thousands just to experience the game up close at Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami. If you don’t have tickets to see the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs leave it all on the field for Super Bowl LIV, you can catch the action on TV.
If that doesn’t interest you, pick up a pair of binoculars and head outdoors.
There’s another type of game scheduled a day before the Super Bowl, though the players are much smaller. Superb Owl Saturday will see bird watchers on the lookout for their favorite nocturnal raptors.
Owls typically take flight at dusk, so groups like those meeting in the midwest will have the best luck around 4:30 p.m.
I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.