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Highlands lecture on rare bird, habitat

Highlands lecture on rare bird, habitat

The Highlands Biological Foundation (HBF) invites the community to the next installment of its Zahner Conservation Lecture series at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. 

The lecture, “Fire, Acorns, and Kids that Stay with You Way Too Long: A Natural History of the Threatened Florida Scrub Jay,” will be presented by Sahas Barve, the John W. Fitzpatrick Director of Avian Ecology at Archbold Biological Station. This event is free to attend.

Barve will delve into the fascinating world of the Florida Scrub-Jay, a flagship species of the unique upland oak scrub habitats of Florida. Attendees will discover the intricate biology of this rare habitat, the captivating social dynamics of scrub-jays and the numerous threats these charismatic birds face. With his extensive background in avian ecology, Barve promises to provide an insightful and entertaining exploration of these remarkable birds and their environment.

HBF’s Zahner lectures will be held at the Highlands Nature Center (930 Horse Cove Road) through Aug. 15th. To preview HBF’s full Zahner lecture lineup, please visit highlandsbiological.org.

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