All year round, viewers on Explore.org are treated to sights and sounds of at least 300 bird species on Mpala the home of African Wildlife. It may be the sights and sounds of the hornbill, defined by a long-curved, often brightly coloured bill or a chorus of the noisy turaco running through tree canopies mixed with the singing White-browed Sparrow-Weaver. A special treat is not uncommon and at the end of March, viewers witnessed a unique event; a mating African fish eagle couple.
This April, there is excitement as bird researchers put their heads together in a live chat broadcast on Explore.org. This Tuesday, April 3rd,11 am PST (9 pm EAT), resident bird researchers and a team from Cornel Lab of Ornithology are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird”.
A panel of five researchers drawn from various institutions will discuss their love for birds, research and hopefully answer many viewers’ questions. David Bonter of Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University will be present to lead the conversation. To spark your interest, check out videos about the weaver birds and other avian research .
David is an avian ecologist and Director of Citizen Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; his work focuses on engaging the public in scientific research.
The panel made up of resident researchers at Mpala includes;
Please post your questions below and tune into the Live Chat with our resident birders.
Victor Kasii @mpalalive