Surviving Winter: How Birds Adapt
Katy Duffy, M.S.
How does a chickadee, at less than half an ounce, endure night after night of -30°F? How does a northern saw-whet owl thaw frozen prey? Why do bald eagles begin nesting in late February? We’ll first spend time in a classroom learning about adaptations that allow various birds to survive six months of winter in Yellowstone. Then we’ll don our store-bought adaptations and venture into the park to witness firsthand what birds do in winter.
About the instructor
Katy Duffy has been a licensed bird bander specializing in diurnal raptors, owls, and songbirds for more than 40 years. She has also conducted late winter – spring surveys for advertising male forest owls in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for 23 years. She has counted diurnal raptors in Yellowstone National Park during fall migration since 2010. She has given programs and taught classes on birds, diurnal raptors, and owls of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for more than 20 years.
The teacher, Katy Duffy, is phenomenal! - Summer 2021 student
Katy worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for 32 years. She was a supervisory resource education ranger in Yellowstone and a ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton. She has a M.S. in ecology from Rutgers University.
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