Virtual Speaker Series: All About Hummingbirds with Susan Heath

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Susan with Young Oystercatchers. Photo by Alan Wilde.

Dr. Susan Heath (Director of Conservation Research, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory) will cover facts about hummingbirds including feeding, nesting, how they fly, migration, and winter hummers in our areas. She has facts to share that have been learned from banding. Sue will also speak on how to attract hummingbirds to your yard.

Susan Heath is a native Texan who returned to the state in 2007 after being transplanted to Virginia for 24 years. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years and working as a computer security analyst in the Washington D.C. area for 12 years, she decided to return to school to focus on employment that was more personally meaningful. She received a Master’s in Biology from George Mason University for her work on wintering waterfowl on the Northern Virginia Piedmont in 2003 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in the spring of 2008. Her dissertation involved the effects of pesticides on birds that nest in agriculture in the north central states. At the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory based in Lake Jackson, Texas she is in charge of conservation research including research projects focused on American Oystercatcher Stewardship, Beach Nesting Birds, Non-breeding shorebirds, Black Skimmer monitoring, Motus Tower Network, Eastern Willet Migration, Bird Use of Intertidal Reef, Loggerhead Shrike Conservation, and the Smith Point Hawk Watch. You may have seen her banding hummingbirds at the Rockport Hummerbird Festival the past few years.

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