Date - March 18, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hummingbirds: Jewels of the AirSpeaker: Sandy Lockerman
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Sandy Lockerman, a licensed bird bander, will discuss the intriguing world of hummingbirds. She will take a look at some of their unique adaptations and migration mysteries. In addition to detailing her ongoing Ruby-throated Hummingbird project, she will provide an update on the documentation efforts being made of western hummingbirds in Pennsylvania.
Sandy first became interested in birds early in her youth when she was gifted a set of the PA Game Commission’s bird posters. She is now very involved with various organizations that provide education about the natural world and is researching the birds of Pennsylvania.
Sandy has been a bird bander for 25 years and spent 15 of those years travelling annually to the large Fort Morgan, Alabama bird-banding station where the banding of hundreds of Gulf of Mexico migrating songbirds and hummingbirds was an everyday occurrence. She began researching songbird migration here in Pennsylvania at Dauphin County’s Wildwood Park in Harrisburg where she spent many years, first as a volunteer, then as a full-time environmental educator. She also became involved with the Ned Smith Center’s inaugural autumn Northern Saw-whet Owl migration project, with which she continues today.
After hummingbirds entered her life at Fort Morgan, she began to assist her master bander with his research on the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and vagrant western hummingbirds in Pennsylvania. With his relocation to New Hampshire, she continues that migration study and documents western hummingbirds found in the state.
Sandy and her husband, Gary, reside in Harrisburg and along with their birding projects have been travelling throughout the United States for the past 40 years.
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