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Aerial Insectivores and Barn Swallows in New England

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September 17, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

with Mara Silver

Many species that belong to the group of birds known as aerial insectivores are showing alarming declines the Northeast, including both Cliff and Barn swallows. Both species commonly breed in agricultural settings—they use barns and other farm buildings for nesting, forage in open fields, and use mud for nest-building. Reasons for population declines include habitat loss, large scale agricultural practices, and competition from House Sparrows, and more recently implicated are pesticide use, climate change, and threats on migration and in wintering grounds. In spite of large population declines, breeding success of both species can increase when habitat is improved at local nesting sites.

Mara Silver has been involved in swallow conservation projects for the past 25 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she researched characteristics of river banks used by nesting Bank Swallows.


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