Lycoming Audubon program: Birds are barometers of stream, river health

Williamsport – “Use of Riparian Birds as Bioindicators,” a program focusing on several bird species as barometers of the environmental health of streams and the Susquehanna River, will be presented Nov. 19 at the Lycoming Audubon Society meeting.

The program will be offered by Terry Master, professor of biology at East Stroudsburg University.

Master will examine the use of the Louisiana Waterthrush as a bioindicator of headwater stream ecological integrity and the use of colonially nesting Great Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons for the same purpose downstream on the Susquehanna.

In both situations, regardless of where one is within the watershed, these species can reflect environmental health through measurable responses to human impacts on their environments.

Master holds a doctorate in animal behavior and ornithology from Lehigh University. He teaches ornithology, animal behavior and ecology courses at East Stroudsburg, where he has been employed for the past 20 years.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the recreation/dining hall at the Little League Baseball complex in South Williamsport. For more information about Lycoming Audubon, visit http://www.lycoming.org/audubon.

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