Program Meeting – Birds, climate and the summer of 2017. Where do we go from here?

October 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UM Gallagher Building, room 123
Susie Wall

Amy Cilimburg will be our speaker.

This summer’s wildfires, smoke and heat are still on our minds this fall. What’s a summer we just experienced like for our native birds and wildlife, and what are the projections for the near future? Amy will share some insights based on her years of researching and monitoring Montana birds and her experience understanding climate impacts and working on climate solutions.  She will offer ideas about current local climate resiliency and mitigation efforts, particularly from Climate Smart Missoula, the non-profit she helped launch two years ago. Climate Smart Missoula is the outgrowth of community efforts to take action on climate, and Amy will showcase where this collaborative effort is headed and how folks can lend a hand, either directly or indirectly.

Amy Cilimburg is the Executive Director of Climate Smart Missoula. She has worked on climate and energy policy for over a decade, educating and encouraging solutions at the local, state and federal levels. Amy did much of this through her work at Montana Audubon and by volunteering locally to help develop Missoula’s municipal and community Climate Action Plans. She was also the Director of Bird Conservation for MT Audubon for seven years and prior to that, co-directed the University of Montana’s Avian Science Center. Presently she assists with conservation efforts at FVAS and serves on the Mountain Line Board. Amy has a MS degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana where she studied Yellow Warblers in the Bitterroot.  She lives, birds, runs and hikes in the Rattlesnake with her husband, and teenage daughter. 

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