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CODY — A Wyoming professor who researches tropical birds will present a free public program at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the basement meeting room of the Big Horn Federal Savings Bank at 1701 Stampede Ave. The program is hosted by the Meadowlark Audubon Society of the Big Horn Basin. Light refreshments will be served.

Dave McDonald, University of Wyoming professor of zoology and physiology, has studied the unusual behaviors of the small, brightly-colored manakins for many years in Central and South America. His research addresses certain kinds of questions, such as “Why do they do that?”

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Among their distinctive behaviors, manakins “have a mating system like sage grouse and outrageous courtship displays,” McDonald said. In addition to giving an overview of the bird family, he will also provide suggestions for ways to visit the tropics.

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