Chapter Meeting, Kate Stone and Mary Scofield Present: The Secret Lives of Common Poorwills in Montana

September 12, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Please join us for our first chapter meeting of the Fall semester on Monday, September 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm to hear Kate Stone and Mary Scofield present their talk: The Secret Lives of Common Poorwills in Montana. 

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You may have heard of the dawn chorus, but have you heard of the midnight choir? Have you ever wondered what these nocturnal singers get up to during the day? Join us for a presentation about a lesser-known species of nocturnal birds, the Common Poorwill! Come learn about the interesting natural history of one of Montana’s nightjar representatives, and some of Kate and Mary’s fascinating research on MPG Ranch in the Bitterroot Valley. Together we will explore breeding behaviors, diet studies, and migratory movements of Common Poorwills in western Montana. And don’t worry, they’ll be sure to bring lots of pictures of adorable Poorwill chicks and their stoic parents!

The meeting will be held in Room 110 in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) on the University of Montana campus. The building lies on the south end of campus on Beckwith Avenue between Maurice and Mansfield avenues. Due to our membership being composed of many older adults, masks are encouraged, but not required by the university. Room 110 is large enough that social distancing should not be a problem, but you also have the option of watching the meeting over Zoom, a link will be provided here when available.

Kate Stone is a research ecologist at the MPG Ranch, a conservation property in Florence, MT. She got her B.A. in Environmental Studies and Conservation Biology at Middlebury College and M.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana. Kate’s research focuses on a variety of topics that range from scavenger ecology to nocturnal insectivores to migratory songbirds. She is on the boards of both Bitterroot Audubon and Wild Skies Raptor Center, and also serves on the Montana Bird Records Committee.

Mary Scofield is a field biologist at the MPG Ranch. She got her B.S. in Biology at Pacific Lutheran University. She works on the avian science team on the nocturnal insectivore project, the Lewis’s Woodpecker project, and the migratory owl project. She has also worked with Golden Eagles overwintering in Montana, and with the California Condor Recovery Program in southern California.


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