Karl Overman: Birds and More


Allen has a wide range of interests in natural history.  The photo below shows Allen holding a salamander as he is keenly interested in herps.  It is birds of course that Allen is best known for.  He is a co-author of the ABA’s Bird Finding Guide to Michigan.  He has carved a niche for himself as one of North America’s experts on hummingbirds.  In that capacity he has a major network that lets him know of unusual hummingbird sightings seemingly anywhere.  If it is a Rufous Hummingbird in the Midwest or Ontario, Allen is likely to be there to band the bird. He has banded over 60 Rufous Hummingbirds in those three venues.  Astounding.  One such memorable banding took place on November 1, 2001 when Allen banded a Rufous Hummingbird near Ortonville in northern Oakland County, Michigan. Allen discovered that the bird had already been banded, namely on December 2, 2000 in western North Carolina (Hendersonville).  Now I suspect that people monitoring the bird in North Carolina were sure it perished after it disappeared from North Carolina in December.  No no no.   Miraculously, that Rufous Hummingbird again went against its genetic GPS unit on where a sensible Rufous Hummingbird should spend the winter and showed up a year later in Michigan where it was  present from October 26th to December 31st.   Allen Chartier, Rufous Hummingbirds in Michigan,  Michigan Birds 9 2 p79 82 (2002).

Allen is also a dedicated bird bander, having learned the craft from Ellie Cox, and like Ellie, his favored banding locale is Lake St. Clair Metropark in Macomb County as shown below.

Allen’s website is www.amazilia.net


Allen Chartier

Modified May 11, 2013