BTCon17 – Day 2, Session 5

16:30 Auriel M.V. Fournier
Mississippi State University
Elusive migration: The migration ecology of rails

Rails are among the least studied birds in North America, as their elusive behavior and cryptic coloration make them difficult to detect and study. Auriel will share what she has learned about rail ecology and their migration, as well as a previously undocumented behaviors.

16:45 Neil Gilbert
University of Alabama
Coauthor: Paige F. B. Ferguson
Development and shrubland birds: opportunity or catastrophe?

Can low-density development create habitat for shrubland birds? We did point counts in urbanizing landscapes and modeled occupancy relative to land-cover covariates. We conclude that there are three responses: 1) active selection for developed areas, 2) marginal benefit from the landscape disturbance associated with development, and 3) avoidance.

17:00 Kathleen E. Farley
@Rutgers_Newark / @NJIT
Coauthors: Claus Holzapfel, @Tafelente, @Rutgers_Newark
Winging it: American woodcock expand habitat preferences

WoodcockwatchNJ investigates how American Woodcock use post-industrial habitat for courtship and breeding in urban NJ. 2016 Pilot study shows AWMO use both post-industrial and non-industrial early successional habitat. 30 sites observed from March-May. AMWO are an important species showing whether many other species will thrive on site.

17:15 Nicole Dykstra
Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology
Coauthors: Lisa O’Bryan (@Project_Grunt); Maggie Wisniewska; Gareth Russell (all New Jersey Institute of Technology); Guy Cowlishaw (The Zoological Society of London); Andrew King ( @SHOALgroup; Swansea University); Simon Garnier (@sjmgarnier; New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Follow me: Leadership in a domestic ungulate herd

While despotic decision-making is widespread in group-living social vertebrates, the presence of multiple competing leaders has the potential to reduce group cohesion if leaders are not in agreement. We aim to determine how leadership agreement influences the foraging efficiency and cohesiveness of a herd of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) in Namibia.

17:30 Luca Pozzi
UT San Antonio
The new genus Paragalago suggests convergent dwarfism in the family Galagidae

Based on molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, morphology and bioacoustics, the dwarf galagos in Eastern Africa require to be placed in a new genus, Paragalago. There is evidence of convergent body size reduction within the Galagidae. Parallelism with the lemurs might be related to adaptation to environmental unpredictability in Mid-Late Miocene.

17:45 Danielle Rivet
University of Saskatchewan – Department of Biology
Movement drivers of polar bears in Wapusk National Park

Finding what is causing polar bears to move through certain areas in WNP will provide officials/wildlife managers info re: how best to avoid bear-human conflicts. Sea ice is changing rapidly due to warming, and bears are forced onto land, increasing potential for conflict. We use cameras to track movement and drivers of movement throughout WNP.

18:00 Jessica A. Haines
University of Alberta
Coauthors: David W. Coltman (@dave_coltman; University of Alberta); Ben Dantzer (@ben_dantzer; University of Michigan); Jamieson C. Gorrell (Vancouver Island University); Murray M. Humphries (McGill University; Jeffrey E. Lane (@VarmintLab; University of Saskatchewan); Andrew G. McAdam (@McAdam_lab; University of Guelph); Stan Boutin (@Wild49Eco; University of Alberta)
Infanticide by male red squirrels

Infanticide is when immature animals are killed by adults of their species. In my talk, I will present evidence of infanticide by male North American red squirrels, and I will discuss why I think they are committing infanticide.

18:15 Alexandra C. Sheldon
Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, University of Central Washington
Coauthors: Gabriella Skollar, Gibbon Conservation Center; Dr. Lori Sheeran, Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, Central Washington University
Growing up gibbon: Life inside the gibbon family group

I studied the behavior and proximity of five groups of four species of gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center (CA, USA) to get a better idea of Hylobatidae family life and found that juveniles play the most and groom the least, subadults distance themselves from their group most and adults adjust their behavior depending on who they’re with.