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Mount Professor Details New Zealand Bird Study

Mount Professor Details New Zealand Bird Study

Newburgh – Douglas Robinson, associate professor of Biology at Mount Saint Mary College, is expected to wow his audience with his amazing sabbatical to research the birds of New Zealand. The talk, on Monday, February 24 at noon, is part of the Mount’s Investigating Research on Campus (IROC) series, will take place in the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center in the Dominican Center at the Mount, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh. It is free and open to the public. “The distant islands of New Zealand were showcased in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies, but to get a full appreciation of the landscape and the organisms that call New Zealand home, my family and I moved there for a 7-month sabbatical adventure,” explained Robinson. “While learning the colloquialisms of the ‘top of the South,’ I spent the majority of my time investigating the prevalence and distribution of a near-threatened bird species, the Yellow-crowned Parakeet, in Abel Tasman National Park.” From January to July 2019, Robinson helped to determine the prevalence and distribution of Yellow-crowned Parakeets, Kakariki,  in Abel Tasman National Park. The research was conducted as part of a semester-long sabbatical and was in association with Project Janszoon and the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

Mount Bird New Zealand study

Robinson is a behavioral ecologist who has focused on the biology of birds since 1994. He  completed a doctoral degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Binghamton University in 2009, joined the Mount community in 2010, and became a tenured faculty member in 2017. While at the Mount, Robinson has led five study abroad trips to New Zealand that were geared toward learning about the conservation of native New Zealand plants and animals.

Caption 1: Douglas Robinson, an associate Biology professor at Mount Saint Mary College, assists Ron Moorhouse of Project Janszoon in banding and attaching a radio transmitter to a nestling Kākā (New Zealand Forest Parrot) in Abel Tasman National Park.

Caption 2: Clipboard in hand and eyes and ears peeled, Douglas Robinson, conducted surveys for the threatened species Yellow-crowned Parakeet in the upland areas of Abel Tasman National Park. The large brown box on the ground is one of 3500 rat/weasel traps in the park. (Photos provided).

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