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Bridget Stutchbury

Silence of the Songbirds

Date:May 2010
Location:Canada
Topic:Birds

Dr. Bridget Stutchbury, an expert on the behaviour of migratory songbirds and the threats they face. She teaches at York University, and is the author of Silence of the Songbirds and The Bird Detective.

Bridget Stutchbury was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto. She completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University and her Ph.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a professor and Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University, Toronto, and she is affiliated with more than a dozen organizations that seek to preserve bird habitats.

Why do birds have such glorious songs and such vibrant plumage? How do they choose their mates and care for their young? Do they have multiple sexual partners – and if so, how do they accomplish that, and how do their mates react?