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WOS Meetings are free and open to all. They are held the first Monday of each month, October through June, at the Center for Urban Horticulture on the University of Washington campus, 3501 NE 41st St. in Seattle.

For directions, click here.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the program begins at 7:30 PM.

Monday, May 5
Julie Smith, PLU Dept. of Biology, Presents:

Speciation in North American Red Crossbills

Julie Smith, Associate Professor of Biology at Pacific Lutheran University, will be giving a talk on "Speciation in North American Red Crossbills."

The North American Red Crossbill complex is composed of ten distinct taxa referred to as call types that are distinguished by differences in their vocalizations, body size and bill morphology.

Red Crossbills use their unique crossed mandibles to extract seeds from partially closed pine cones. Because bill size and palate structure influence how rapidly seeds can be removed and husked, respectively, conifer species with different sized cones and seeds favor the evolution of crossbills of different sizes. These different morphological and ecological forms exhibit high levels of reproductive isolation, which has evolved recently in the last 6,000-12,000 years.

Monday, June 9
Members Photo Night

Bring your photos to share! Photos can be on flash drive, DVD, CD, or other device able to feed to a digital projector. We will supply the diigital projector for your use.