Date - February 20, 2020
7:30 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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What the ‘Insect Apocalypse’ Means for You, Your Yard & the Birds

What the 'Insect Apocalypse' Means for You, Your Yard & the Birds
Speaker: Ashley Kennedy

 Your yard might look beautiful, but how do you know if it’s contributing to the local ecosystem? Numerous studies from around the world suggest that insect populations are currently in decline. This in turn affects birds who rely on insects for food. To determine which insects are most important in bird diets, I conducted a citizen science project to crowd-source images of birds with their arthropod prey. More than 7,000 photos were contributed by participants across North America, demonstrating that caterpillars are the preferred prey for most terrestrial breeding birds. Come learn about the food webs connecting plants, insects, and birds, and how YOU can help by converting your yard into better wildlife habitat for these groups!


Ashley Kennedy is a Board Certified Entomologist, a Science Policy Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, and a member of the Delaware Native Species Commission. Currently an ORISE postdoctoral fellow in the Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory at the Army Public Health Center (Edgewood, Maryland), Ashley recently earned her doctorate in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation research in Doug Tallamy’s lab focused on bird-insect food webs, specifically, investigating which insects are the most important in birds’ diets.

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