Bird behavior, ecological theory, and natural history intersect at Bass Harbor Head in Acadia National Park
October 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
In 1958, Robert H. MacArthur published a study of warblers at Bass Harbor Head concluding that each species looked for food in distinct zones or “niches” within a tree. This is how so many species could co-exist in one habitat. This theory of “niche partitioning” had a profound effect on the field of ecology, influencing generations of students, scientists, and public perception of how the natural world works. In 2014-2015, Bik Wheeler, now a wildlife biologist at Acadia National Park, repeated MacArthur’s study in order to reassess warbler niche partitioning. He found that since MacArthur’s seminal work, the forest and the birds have changed. What does this mean for ecology, and for Acadia?
Join us at noon in Moore Auditorium for this free presentation. Bring your lunch!
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