Program Meeting – Ospreys and What They Tell Us About the Environment

September 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UM Gallagher Building, room 123
Susie Wall

Dr. Erick Greene, from the University of Montana, will talk about Ospreys.

Ospreys are amazing fishing raptors that are found on every continent except the Antarctic!  Their natural history, ecology and behavior is fascinating and they have many adaptations for their unique role as fishing raptors.  This talk will be a broad overview of some very neat Osprey biology, as well as providing details about how Ospreys have been important environmental sentinels for over 50 years. 

The talk will also introduce our new Wings Over Water program that we are so excited about.  This is an educational project to provide a broad curriculum in science, math, physics, chemistry, biology, environment based all around Ospreys!  This project is focused on middle school grades, and Five Valleys Audubon was the first group to provide funding to get this off the ground. So come hear about what your donation is helping to do!

Erick Greene is a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences and in the Wildlife Biology Program.  Erick dropped out of high school and lived for a year in the Galapagos Islands, helping out on studies on Darwin’s Finches.  He then worked on seabirds 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle with the Canadian Wildlife Service.  He returned for undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he studied biology, music and mathematics.  He worked on Ospreys in Nova Scotia for his undergraduate senior thesis.  He then received a PhD from Princeton University.  He has been able to come full circle and return to studying Ospreys in Montana.  In addition to his research, Erick is passionate about teaching and public outreach.  He has been awarded the Most Inspirational Teacher Award, the Distinguished Teacher of the University of Montana, The National Outstanding Teacher Award from the Mortar Board National Honor Society, The Tom Boone Town and Gown Award for public outreach, the UM Teaching Across the Curriculum Award, and the Arnold Bolle Award for Lifetime Achievement in Conservation.

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