Cowbirds are brood parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, completely depending on others to raise their young. 90% of birds accept cowbird eggs and nestlings and treat them as if they were their own. Come learn possible explanations for this strange parenting behavior and current research on the Prothonotary Warbler that nests in the Mississippi River floodplain in the Quad Cities.

Dr. Brian Peer is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and has > 60 peer-reviewed publications. His area of expertise is avian brood parasitism and primary research interest is the relationship between the parasitic Brown-headed Cowbird and its hosts. 

$8 if a non-member

Niabi Zoo • 13010 Niabi Zoo Road • Coal Valley, Illinois
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