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Week Three: Brown Bag Lecture


"Birds in Decline: Is It Time for Conservation Triage?”
Speaker/Guide: Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
Professor of Biology, York University in Toronto
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

Dr. Stutchbury, author of Silence of Songbirds and The Private Lives of Birds, is hard at work on her next book that delves into the thorny issues of which species we should choose to save from extinction. She will discuss her research on why so many migratory songbirds are in steep decline and, more generally how limited funding for conservation means we cannot afford to save all species. Conservation favorites such as the California condor, whooping crane, and kakapo can persist for decades but at what cost to other less charismatic or well-know birds? This program addresses the difficult and soul-searching questions we confront in the Anthropocene era about what we can and should do for birds on the brink of extinction.

Bridget Stutchbury completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, her PH.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Since the 1980’s she has studied migratory songbirds to understand their behavior, migration, and conservation. She has witnessed first-hand the shocking declines in many of our songbirds including wood thrushes, purple martins, and bobolinks. She studies the incredible migration journeys of songbirds and the many threats they face along the way. Dr. Stutchbury is on the board of Wildlife Preservation Canada whose mission is to prevent animal extinctions. She is the author of Silence of the Songbirds (2007) and The Bird Detective (2010) and was featured in the award-winning 2015 documentary The Messenger. Currently Bridget is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Biology at the Stutchbury Lab York University, Toronto.

BTG's weekly Tuesday 12:15pm lecture platform features national experts presenting a range of topics concerning the natural world: wildlife, gardening, and the environment. Bring you lunch to Smith Wilkes Hall - lemon water provided. This signature lecture, usually with a slide show followed by Q&A, lasts approximately an hour. Engage with nature!

Earlier Event: July 9
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Later Event: July 9
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