Water and Birds in the Arid West

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Monday, April 8, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Location:  Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th) 

Cost:  Free and open to the public

Details: Water is the most precious resource for people and birds in the arid West, and increased competition for water coupled with a warming climate have huge implications for western birdlife. The National Audubon Society has made western water one its national priorities and is working to address water issues along the Colorado River and at saline lakes in the Intermountain West. Audubon’s Vice President for Birds, Stan Senner, will focus his talk on saline lake ecosystems—landlocked saltwater lakes and associated freshwater wetlands—which create a network of feeding, breeding and wintering sites for millions of birds in an otherwise arid landscape. Wilson’s Phalaropes, American Avocets, Eared Grebes and other species are heavily dependent on saline lake habitats, which are in decline, both globally and in the Intermountain West. Stan will discuss the amazing birds using saline lakes, what the future holds for these ecosystems, and what can be done to conserve them. 

Stan Senner brings a unique combination of skill and experience with birds, science, conservation, and public policy as Audubon’s vice president for bird conservation. In his 45-year career, Stan’s work has included executive director of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, chief restoration planner and science coordinator for the state-federal ExxonValdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, and executive director of Audubon Alaska. In the early 1990s, Stan organized a migratory bird conservation program for National Audubon and started it’s first Important Bird Area project. His current work for Audubon involves energy development and wildlife conservation in Arctic Alaska, water issues and birds in the Intermountain West, shorebirds and coastal conservation throughout the Pacific Americas Flyway, and defense of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Stan holds an M.S. in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He and his wife live in Missoula.

Sacajawea Audubon Society programs are free and open to the public. Our programs feature a special guest speaker the 2nd Monday of each month, September through May, at Hope Lutheran Church, 2152 W. Graf (off of S. 19th).  Join us for a social at 6:30 p.m., announcements at 7:00 pm. followed by the program. 

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