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Color of Birds: The Physics Behind Different Feather Colors
November 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Date: Monday, November 15th, 7 pm- 8:30 pm
Many birds are often sought out by birders for their beautiful feathers. Ryder Moreno, a recent Embry Riddle Graduate and Highlands Center Intern, will discuss the various ways that birds achieve the color patterns present on their feathers, and the physics involved in these processes. The coloration of birds’ feathers is one of their most stunning and recognizable features, from the vibrant reds and yellows of the Western Tanager to the deep blues and blacks of the Steller’s Jay. In this presentation, you will learn about the different methods of coloration in birds, including chemical and structural coloration, and the combination of both.
Ryder Moreno is a recent graduate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Space Physics. While studying at Embry-Riddle, he discovered his love and interest for birds, and he is now pursuing further education and a career in an ornithological-related field. He is currently an intern at the Highlands Center for Natural History. He has been volunteering with a raptor rehabilitation facility in Queen Creek called Wild at Heart and has assisted in the capture and release of burrowing owls in the Phoenix area.