December 8, 2019

Wild Encounters Prepared Alumna for Zoo Job

Cage diving with great white sharks. Swimming alongside humpback whales. Getting close to lions and leopards on an African safari. It sounds like a nature TV show, but it’s not. It’s how Nikki Maticic ’14 spent one summer break as a Mary Washington student. Now she cares for lions, tigers and Andean bears – oh, […]

Roseate spoonbill’s rare appearance in Fredericksburg has local birders swooning (The Free Lance-Star)

Geo Series: Are Birds Dinosaurs?

Dolby Joins Board

Andrew S. Dolby recently joined the Friends of the Rappahannock’s Executive Committee as a board member. Dolby currently works with FOR staff and volunteers to learn more about the birds living in or visiting our area through a research project on the Rappahannock River. Also, on June 3, Dolby will lead a 2-mile walk along the Rappahannock with the Fredericksburg Birding Club, a chapter of the Virginia Society of Ornithology, as part of the Rock the River event.

Biology Professors Present at National Conference

Deborah O’Dell and April Wynn presented a poster titled “Transforming the Biology Major Through Course Based Research” at the AAC&U/PKAL meeting “Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education” held Nov. 4-5 in Boston. The poster was co-authored by O’Dell and Wynn and Biology Professors Andrew Dolby, Lynn Lewis, Alan Griffith and Deborah Zies. The presentation described changes in the biology major that ensure that every biology student participates in authentic research before they graduate.

Dolby Receives Ornithology Award

Andrew Dolby, professor of biological sciences, was awarded the 2015 Eike Award for outstanding service to the Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO).

Dolby became active with the VSO soon after arriving at Mary Washington. He served on the VSO’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008. Dolby then served as vice president from 2009 to 2011, as President from 2011 to 2013, and as Past President from 2013 to the summer of 2015. Dolby began making significant contributions to the VSO in 2004 when he served as Research Committee Chair and organized the Northern Neck Foray. Over the next four years he coordinated four additional forays: Russell and Wise Counties in 2005, Virginia State Park System in 2006, Northern Saw-whet Owls in 2007 and the Riparian Area Breeding Bird Foray in 2008 in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. His reports of the first four surveys can be found in “The Raven,” the journal of the VSO, and were presented to both the VSO and the Virginia Academy of Science annual meetings. Dolby also organized and managed two successful VSO Annual Meetings, including one in Fredericksburg in 2009. Dolby currently serves as editor of “The Raven.”

The award is named in honor of James Eike, a member of the VSO from 1933 until his death in 1983. Eike’s long, faithful service, his dedication, and his enthusiasm in promoting the work of the VSO gave him a unique status in the organization. Dolby will be recognized by the presentation of a silver Raven pin.

UMW Undergrads Get Chance to do Original Research (The Free Lance-Star)

Seeking Feathered Friends

For Andrew Dolby, a stressed-out bird is a big deal. Dolby, professor and chair of the biology department, is researching the stress response in birds, specifically, the Tufted Titmouse. During the spring semester he worked with three students to catch birds on UMW property and at sites in southern Stafford County. They took their measurements [...]

Andrew Dolby to Present “Bird Song: No Idle Chatter” at Belmont

AndrewBird Song: No Idle Chatter  

Sun, March 11, 2 p.m.
Illustrated Presentation
Dr. Andrew Dolby, University of Mary Washington Biology Department Chair and Virginia Society of Ornithology President will introduce the anatomy, physiology, and ecology of bird song and will explain the modern tools that biologists are using to decipher their hidden messages. Bird song may sound like nature’s pleasant background music to our ears, but for the birds, singing is serious business. The lecture will be held at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont and is free for members of Friends of Belmont or included with regular museum admission.

Andrew Dolby to Lead Program at Stratford Hall This Saturday

Birding at Stratford: Left Out In The Cold. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14.

Andrew Dolby

Dr. Andrew Dolby, chair of the University of Mary Washington’s Department of Biological Sciences and president of the Virginia Society of Ornithology, will lead a walk across the estate and discuss adaptation of birds to the challenges of winter. This is the first in four-part series of programs through September.

Registration is $25 with a $10 box lunch optional; the program is free to Friends of Stratford  members. To register, email rsvp@stratfordhall.org, fax 804/493-0333 or leave a voicemail, 804-493/8038, ext. 7787. Continuing Education Units  available.

Details:  bit.ly/xoPGAS. Stratford Hall is 45 minutes east of Fredericksburg off State Route 3.  stratfordhall.org; 804/493-8038.