The Intelligence of birds The February meeting of the Bow Valley Naturalists will take place on Tuesday, the 25th at 7:30 pm in the Banff Seniors Centre. It will feature a presentation by Master Interpreter, Joel Hagen titled: “Birdbrains”.This will be an opportunity to meet five birds who are real Einsteins when it comes to memory, singing and migration. By the time the show is over, you'll think that "birdbrain" is the ultimate compliment! No one likes to be called a “birdbrain,” but does the insult even have a basis in fact? Bird intelligence and bird neurology are now widely studied. Gray jays and chickadees have excellent memories. Ravens are smart enough to solve complex problems. Thrushes produce songs of surprising beauty and complexity. And black swifts migrate enormous distances, getting it right even the first time. By evening’s end, you'll recognize these “birdbrains” as memory champions, ingenuity experts, verbal geniuses, and navigational wizards. Joel Hagen and his wife and partner-in-work Nadine Fletcher are recognized as two of the best and most knowledgeable guides in the area. Joel and Nadine have worked in the Rockies since 1991, both for Parks Canada and now as Great Divide Nature Interpretation. They are Interpretive Guides Association (IGA)-accredited Master Interpreters - two of only six in the Canadian Rockies. For the IGA, they design and teach the Interpretation component of the course taken by people wanting to be certified as "professional" or "apprentice" interpretive guides. Also, both have received awards from Interpretation Canada for their interpretive shows and in 2004, they jointly received the first Outstanding Heritage Interpreter award at the Banff Heritage Tourism Awards - the first ever presented! However, for this evening, Joel will be flying solo. The program will be preceded by a brief Annual General Meeting and election of Board members. The meeting is free and open to the public. _________________________________________________ Bow Valley Naturalists (BVN) is a charitable, incorporated Alberta Society of approximately 140 people in the Banff - Canmore area of Alberta, Canada. We have been actively involved in natural history and conservation projects since our inception in 1967.