The Pygmy Owl may be tiny, but it is a fierce hunter with a taste for songbirds. These diminutive owls hunt during the day, using the element of surprise to catch prey. Small birds will often mob the little owls to drive them away.
Dr. Proudfoot, a Visiting Scholar and Assistant Professor at Vassar College, and Research Associate at Mohonk Preserve, will present a summary of more than 20 years of research on Ridgway's pygmy-owl, sometimes considered a member of the ferruginous pygmy-owl group. He will provide basic natural history information of the species, including distinctive physical characteristics, food habits, nesting ecology, habitat use and will briefly discuss genetic research that supports recognizing Ridgway's pygmy-owl as a distinct species, separate from the ferruginous pygmy-owl group. The presentation will also include a short video obtained while monitoring radio-tagged owls in Texas.
Glenn is a Visiting Scholar & Assistant Professor at Vassar College, and Research Associate at Mohonk Preserve. He received his Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University for his work on phylogeography of the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. Glenn has been chasing birds of prey for 40 years, concentrating on owl research for the past 20 years.
Glenn's list of more than 30 publications in scientific journals crosses interdisciplinary boundaries in ornithology, entomology, parasitology, and population genetics.
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