NESTS & EGGS: Engineering & Evolution in the Avian World WORKSHOP
March 2, 2013
From tiny hummingbird nests to the mansion-scale creations of the bald eagle, the architecture of avian nests is astounding, as is the diversity in color, size and shape of their eggs.
Closely observe a variety of nest and egg specimens drawn from the Museum’s ornithology collections, and explore their evolution and ingenious engineering with Mary Caswell Stoddard, Ph.D., a Junior Fellow in Harvard's MCZ. She will also share her current research on the fascinating world of brood parasites: birds that lay their eggs in the nest of another species, often engineering those eggs to mimic the size and coloration of an unsuspecting host.