Rappole leads Lake Walk on migratory birds

Beverly Hazen | Staff Writer

John Rappole leads the final Lake Walk presentation of the season, titled “Bird Migration on and around Chautauqua Lake,” at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the covered porch at the Heinz Fitness Center, below the Youth Activities Center, on South Lake Drive at the corner of South.

The event is sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club in partnership with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy.

Rappole said his talk will begin on the Heinz porch before he leads the group on a lake walk in search of birds.

“Essentially, it is a talk where the lake itself and whatever birds are there are the props,” Rappole said. “We’ll have a discussion of bird movement in this region and the functions of the lake.”

He expects there to be some gulls, swallows and other birds to identify, although being August, things are somewhat quiet. Rappole suggests people bring binoculars for viewing the birds. He will be glad to answer questions about birds in other parts of the country as well as in this region.

Rappole is a scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. He conducts research on the ecology and evolution of migration and avian diversity in South Asia. He also researches the bird-mediated movement of viruses and effects of climate change on bird populations.

A portable sound system is used so people can hear the speaker outdoors.