Dr. Kent Rylander, retired Texas Tech University professor, will speak on “Bird Displays, Bird Song, and Human Speech” on Tuesday, November 10, at the Gillespie County Extension Agrilife Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg, beginning at 7:00PM. The presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their monthly Nature Series programs conducted during the school year.
Dr. Rylander was Professor of Biology at Texas Tech University from 1965 until his retirement in 2004. He continues his affiliation with Texas Tech University by teaching a summer course in ornithology at the school’s Junction campus. Dr. Rylander also has on-going research projects at the Junction campus. Dr. Rylander authored a book, The Behavior of Texas Birds, and has written numerous articles on ornithological research.
Dr. Rylander will explain how courtship displays and songs help develop young birds and how these behaviors relate to non-verbal communication in humans and speech acquisition in infants. His presentation begins with a brief slide show of his study of social behavior in geese in Austria. He will follow this study analysis with a comparison of displays in birds and humans. He will conclude with sound recordings of the Northern Mockingbird, the state bird of Texas, and some ideas about why the mockingbird’s song is so complex.
The free presentation is open to the public. Any questions about this program or the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center should be directed to Bill Lindemann at 830-997-8917.