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Off Course

Off Course elizabeth chaney On April 18, the Center For Research on the Poetics of Flight hosted "OffCourse: Interfering (facing) with Migratory Songbirds," a presentation by ecologist Dr. Lesley Bulluck. At noon, we met around a picnic basket set atop a cluster of stools on a sidewalk. The adventure started as I asked each member of the group to take a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich from the basket: "Make note of the wrapper; it shows four endangered songbird species. On the way to the site, we'll keep our eyes and ears open for these birds." Sandwich birding guides and camp-stools in hand, we walked down the street. "Is that Bewick's wren? Do you hear Bachman's sparrow? And the two species of warbler are matched counter-singing!" At the site, we spread parachute blankets illustrating the golden winged warbler's migration range, and we unfolded stools that showed the bird's wintering and breeding grounds. We sat to listen to Dr. Bulluck speak on her involvement with bird ecology. Her research focused on the declining warbler population and on the role of habitat loss as a primary factor in the bird's reduced numbers. Dr. Bulluck's study of the birds in Tennessee revealed an unexpected trend: the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies University of Nebraska Press

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elizabeth chaney On April 18, the Center For Research on the Poetics of Flight hosted "OffCourse: Interfering (facing) with Migratory Songbirds," a presentation by ecologist Dr. Lesley Bulluck. At noon, we met around a picnic basket set atop a cluster of stools on a sidewalk. The adventure started as I asked each member of the group to take a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich from the basket: "Make note of the wrapper; it shows four endangered songbird species. On the way to the site, we'll keep our eyes and ears open for these birds." Sandwich birding guides and camp-stools in hand, we walked down the street. "Is that Bewick's wren? Do you hear Bachman's sparrow? And the two species of warbler are matched counter-singing!" At the site, we spread parachute blankets illustrating the golden winged warbler's migration range, and we unfolded stools that showed the bird's wintering and breeding grounds. We sat to listen to Dr. Bulluck speak on her involvement with bird ecology. Her research focused on the declining warbler population and on the role of habitat loss as a primary factor in the bird's reduced numbers. Dr. Bulluck's study of the birds in Tennessee revealed an unexpected trend: the

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Frontiers: A Journal of Women StudiesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: May 30, 2009

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