Look into the Lives of Hooded Warblers
We'll get a rare glimpse into the subtle behavior of Hooded Warblers at our next Three Rivers Birding Club meeting
on Wednesday, April 6. Ronald L. Mumme, a biology professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, will give us a
presentation with an intriguing title: "The Evolution of Contrasting Plumage Patterns in Warblers: Why It Isn't
Always About Sex."
The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors open at 6:30 PM
for socializing, a business meeting begins at 7:30, and the program starts at 8:00.
Ron has conducted field research on Hooded Warblers in Crawford County since 2010, including a study of the
relationship between plumage patterns of males and females. Males have slightly more white in their tail than females,
and we will find out how this apparently minor difference (to human eyes) may affect differences in males' and females'
success in foraging for insect food and for other behavior.
He became interested in birds, birding, and ornithology in 1973 as a sophomore at the University of South Florida.
He received his B.A. in biology from USF in 1975 and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley,
in 1984. He has been at Allegheny College since 1990 after studying Acorn Woodpeckers in California, Florida Scrub-Jays
in Florida, and Slate-throated Redstarts in Costa Rica. If you'd like to see his tremendous variety of research and
publications, see http://tinyurl.com/Mumme-research.