Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
Feathers are the most complex structure made by the skin of any animal. How they grow is even more in-credible. Inside a tiny sheath in a blood-rich environment, the intricate fine structure is assembled and the colors are applied all while rolled tightly. Within a few days the finished feather unfurls to produce the spectacular “eye” of a peacock feather or the banded pattern on a Red-tailed Hawk primary – beautiful, but also strong enough to support flight. It’s almost like simultaneously building a toaster and painting the Mona Lisa while curled up in a phone booth. (You remember those.)
You are invited to learn about the magic of feathers and more!
About the Speaker
Dr. Stewart Janes, a UCLA graduate, is a longtime res-ident of the Rogue Valley. He recently retired from Southern Oregon University where he was responsible for the Environmental Education master’s program, training science teachers and teaching both ornithology and mammalogy among other classes. Apparently, he was enthralled with birds from the tender age of two and a half (according to his mother). For a decade, he researched hawks in the inter-mountain region of western North America and switched to studying the singing of warblers as job responsibilities limited his field time. Even in retirement, he refuses to cut his research short.
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