Thursday, January 28, 2021

February 8th: Survival Tactics for Chickadees in the Tahoe Basin

The Tahoe Basin is known for its many different animal species that live in the area. One of the more popular species in the region is the chickadee, with many locals and tourists making the trek to Chickadee Ridge during summer and winter to feed the birds. Aside from the free handouts the birds on chickadee Ridge receive, how do the chickadees survive year-round in the Tahoe Basin? Join Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a local network of entrepreneurs and professionals, on Monday, February 8th, to hear Ben Sonnenberg speak on the Natural Selection and Spatial Cognition in Wild Food-catching mountain chickadees.

Sonnenberg will enlighten the audience on how the chickadees
survive the cold snowy winters by storing and retrieving food. The Pravosudov Lab at the University of Nevada, Reno has been working on untangling the secrets behind how mountain chickadees are able to recover their hidden food stores and whether or not these memory abilities are under natural selection

Sonnenberg is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Nevada, Reno where he conducts research in the avian cognitive ecology lab focusing on mountain chickadees. His projects include monitoring the spatial learning and memory abilities as well as the reproductive investments of the long-term study population. Ben is a Montana native from Bozeman, Montana and received a Degree in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He has worked around the country, including Washington, Nevada, Alaska, and Connecticut conducting avian related research and public outreach.

Please join us on Monday, February 8th, at 5:00 PM online at event will be available on YouTube as a livestream and after the event. Livestream for this event starts at 5:00 PM on Or log onto YouTube and search for Tahoe Silicon Mountain. 

The audience will be able to submit questions during the presentation.

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