Program: SBAS Tree Swallow Nest Box Project

Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us this February when our own Science Chair Steve Senesac will update us on our long running Tree Swallow Nest Box program.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location

Farrand Hall, SB Museum of Natural History

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Presented by Steve Senesac

Cost: Free to the Public

The Tree Swallow naturally nests in tree cavities (often made by woodpeckers). Human development frequently removes many trees, and those that remain are often groomed in a way that minimizes dead branches appropriate for cavity nests. Such habitat disturbance is the likely reason why Tree Swallows dropped to the status of being an uncommon breeder around Santa Barbara and Ventura. Starting in the 1980s, Jan Wasserman in Ventura and later Dave Eldridge and Don Schroeder in Santa Barbara worked to reverse this trend by developing nest box programs.

Steve Senesac stepped into their shoes in 2015 when he became the Science Chair for SBAS. Find out what Steve has been doing to reinforce our efforts in this area and hear his analysis of years of data that have produced a number of fascinating facts and identified thought-provoking trends.