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The Winter Finch Forecast with Tyler Hoar – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

December 15, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Winter Finch Forecast
Presented by Tyler Hoar of the Finch Research Network
Co-hosted by the Green Mountain Audubon Society
Part of the Naturalist Journeys 2021-22 Winter Presentation Series
December 15th | 6 – 7 PM | Free | Live via ZOOM

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This presentation dives into the art and science of the Winter Finch Forecast. Tyler will provide an overview of each winter finch species, their current movements, and where we’ll expect them to show up in the Northeast this season. From crossbills to grosbeaks and siskins to redpolls, the nomadic movements of winter finches depend on the interplay of weather, cone production, insect distributions, logging regimes, and more. This talk will also share a brief history of the Winter Finch Forecast, how it’s compiled, and its goals going forward.

About the Presenter: Tyler is an experienced field biologist. Over his career, he has studied many avian families including shorebirds, raptors, parrots, and passerines, including finches. His work has taken him from the high Canadian Arctic, to the deserts of Arizona and the rainforests of the Caribbean. His recent work has centered around the wetlands of the Great Lakes and shorebirds staging in southern James Bay (for Birds Studies Canada, Canada Wildlife Service, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)). Tyler authored the Evening Grosbeak account for the second Ontario Breeding Bird atlas.

 In 2020 Tyler took over as the Winter Finch Forecaster, from Ron Pittaway who retired after 20 years of providing us a window into what may come each winter. Tyler is passionate about finches and is enjoying the process of creating the Winter Finch Forecast. Some of Tyler’s early childhood memories were of flocks of Evening Grosbeaks visiting the family home each winter. His favourite finches are Evening Grosbeak, Hawfinch, Pallas’s Rosefinch, and White-winged Crossbill.

This program is made possible by our local sponsors:









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December 15, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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