Dr. Susan Schneider

Kern Audubon Society Zoom General Meeting
Tuesday, May 4, 7 PM

No Birdbrains Here:
The Latest on Bird Learning, Instinct, and Intelligence

Birds can learn from consequences, as we and many other species can: Baby chicks learn to peck accurately, wild mockingbirds learn to recognize individual people, and pigeons learned to categorize art and music. Even instinctive behaviors like imprinting can be more flexible than scientists used to think, and songbird song appears particularly malleable. This talk will explore bird learning and intelligence, from everyday foraging, to learning through observing, to tool use. Such adaptability may be critical as wild birds attempt to adjust to the many threats they face. Scientists also take advantage of this powerful learning ability to help save endangered species.

The Speaker:

A behavioral and biopsychologist, Dr. Susan Schneider is an expert on learning principles and nature-nurture relations. She’s also an avid birder, field trip leader, and environmental activist. A Past President of San Joaquin Audubon, she is currently focused on applying learning principles to the climate crisis. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact our World, was a selection of the Scientific American Book Club. Schneider is a Visiting Scholar at University of the Pacific (Stockton) and a consultant for the Bay-area sustainability nonprofit Root Solutions. The website for her book is:

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