Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Marra
Bird Conservation for the 21st Century
Migration is one of the most engaging phenomena of the animal world and one epitomized by birds. Migratory birds are the Olympiads of the Natural world - traveling extreme distances, flying at night in flocks of tens of thousands of individuals, and moving through treacherous terrain with untold obstacles threatening their every move. Today, almost 50% of North America’s migratory species are declining at unprecedented rates – and for most of these species we don’t know why.
Join Dr. Pete Marra as he takes us on a journey to discover the unknown migrations of the birds of the Western Hemisphere and the causes of their declines. He will explain how these fascinating species are falling to habitat loss, climate change, cats and buildings and why it’s up to us to uncover the secrets of their biology and protect these marvelous species.
About Dr. Pete Marra
Pete Marra earned a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1998 and an M.S. from Louisiana State University, in 1989 and Directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Pete’s research in conservation ecology has three broad themes, including migration, climate change, and urban ecology. Communicating his excitement for the conservation of wildlife to the public through innovative engagement and involving them in all aspects of his research is a high priority. His papers have appeared in Science, Nature, PNAS, PLOS Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Biological Conservation and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
He recently authored "Cat Wars" a book which discusses the impact of feral cats on bird and mammal populations. Copies of the book will be available at the event.