This is a recording of a program with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society that took place on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elm Park United Methodist Church, in Oneonta, NY with Special Guest, Dr. Casey Coomes. Casey presented a slideshow about how rising temperatures are affecting birds all over the world. Climate change poses a huge threat to the persistence of songbirds in North America—in fact, we have already lost almost 30% of our birds in the last 50 years. During her presentation, Casey discusses how heat can influence bird survival, reproduction, and even the songs they sing!
ABOUT THE PRESENTER, Dr. Casey Coomes
Casey’s work with birds began when she attended college at Transylvania University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Biology. She then went on to receive a PhD from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where she focused her research on the effects of high temperatures on communication in zebra finches. She is currently a Visiting Instructor and PRODiG Fellow at SUNY Oneonta, where she teaches Avian Physiology and Behavior.