10/31/2008

Fred Bassett, guest speaker, <br/> banding a hooded warbler bird
Fred Bassett, guest speaker,
banding a hooded warbler bird

The free Science Friday seminars hosted by the Science Department at Northwest Florida State College continue on Friday, November 21 at 11:00 am in the Robert E. Greene, Jr. Science building on the Niceville campus in the main lecture hall, room S-110. Fred Bassett will speak on "Alabama and Florida Hummingbirds - A Lot More Than Most People Know". The program will discuss ruby-throated hummingbirds in depth and introduce several western hummingbird species wintering in Alabama and Florida as well as show how the birds are banded.

Fred Bassett is a certified master bird bander who works with the Hummer/Bird Study Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of hummingbirds and other birds. He is a retired Air Force officer who has worked with birds for more than fifteen years. Fred bands all types of birds each April and October at the Fort Morgan banding station on the Gulf Coast and travels each summer to study hummingbirds in western states. During the winter he documents western hummingbirds wintering in south Alabama and Florida. During the past ten winters he has captured more than 1,600 hummingbirds of ten different species in that area.

The monthly Science Friday seminars at NWF State College cover a range of science topics. The free series is open to the public. Groups are encouraged to call ahead to ensure seating.

This will be the last seminar of the fall semester. The first seminar of the spring 2009 semester will be on January 23 with Dr. Ken Ford, founder and director of the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, For more information, contact the NWF State College Science Department office at 729-5376.

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