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Great-tailed Grackles: What Makes this Adventurous Species Tick?

November 18th @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

‘Batido’ the Great-tailed Grackle; photo by Corina Logan

Are great-tailed grackles that are on the invasion front and actively expanding the range into new habitat, different in some way from those that are in areas where there have already been many generations of grackles? Did you know great-tailed grackles were originally restricted to Central America, but have rapidly expanded their range north into the U.S.? And, that at this time, the furthest north resident population is in Woodland?

To learn the answers to these and other questions you may have, please join the Yolo Audubon Society on November 18 for the Members’ Meeting via Zoom. Kelsey McCune, PhD will present insights discovered from her research studying grackles in Tempe, AZ, which is the new center of the expanded range, coupled with findings from identical research being done here in California. 

Kelsey McCune completed her PhD in animal behavior from the University of Washington in 2018. Her dissertation compared asocial California scrub-jays and social Mexican jays on social behavior, learning ability and personality traits. Currently, Kelsey is a postdoctoral scholar at UCSB, and part of the Grackle Project research group started by Dr. Corina Logan.

You must register (no cost) in advance for this program. It is NOT a requirement that you be an Audubon member to attend. Follow this link to register:

Zoom limits the number of participants to 100. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Registrants will receive email updates about this online event, as well as periodic email updates about Yolo Audubon’s conservation work and how you can help birds. (You can unsubscribe at any time.)

Please note: Participants must have the Zoom desktop client downloaded on their computer or on their Apple or Android mobile phone or tablet to access the meeting. An account with Zoom is not necessary to join a meeting.

Visit to learn how to join a Zoom meeting. You may email Yolo Audubon Program Chair Ken Ealy before the meeting if you need assistance.