Monday, November 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Rolla Visitors Center
Ozark Rivers Audubon will sponsor a presentation titled “Saving Migrant Birds", by Dr. John Faaborg, Professor of Biological Sciences and a specialist in avian ecology, behavior and conservation at University of Missouri – Columbia.
According to his website, (http://www.snr.missouri.edu/fw/faculty/faaborg.htm), much of Dr. Faaborg’s work can be classified as "island biogeography," an example of which would include a stand of oak/hickory forest surrounded by Missouri farmland. Since 1972, he has been monitoring migrant birds in the Guanica Forest of Puerto Rico. In Missouri, his studies have included the effects of forest fragmentation on bird populations, including native grassland birds. Doctor Faaborg is also involved in the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project (MOFEP), an ongoing study of the effect of timber harvest practices on forest-interior birds.
In 1990 Partners in Flight, the world's largest bird conservation program was begun in response to what appeared to be a serious decline in land bird populations, and a loss of tropical habitats used by Neotropical migrants (birds that breed in North America and winter in Central and South America). Doctor Faaborg will discuss whether, in retrospect, the situation a little over ten years ago was as desperate as perceived, and what we have learned about the conservation of migrant birds in the past decade.
As always, the Audubon meeting will begin with “Bird Talk”. The presentation is free and open to the public and will be held November 11, 7:00 p.m., at the Rolla Visitors Center on Bridge School Rd. at Kingshighway. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call 364-3339 or e-mail [log in to unmask]