Patrick Donnelly Presents on Wetland and Waterbird Conservation in the New Era of Climate Change

May 9, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Patrick Donnelly Presents on Wetland and Waterbird Conservation in the New Era of Climate Change

Please join us on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm for our last chapter meeting before the summer break. Our speaker will be Patrick Donnelly who will be presenting his talk on wetland and waterbird conservation in the new era of climate change.

Five Valleys Audubon’s Phil Wright Award recipient, Josiah Kaderis, will speak for about 10 minutes prior to Patrick.
Patrick will review his recent research on climate change and its effect on continental wetland networks supporting waterbird migration, including connectivity of greater Sandhill Crane migration in Western North America.

Patrick is the lead research scientist for the Intermountain Mountain West Joint Venture  (IWJV) and an employee of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program. Patrick leads and conducts partner-based research at the University of Montana in Missoula as a faculty affiliate in the Wildlife Program. His work for the IWJV focuses on applied science addressing waterbird conservation solutions that reduce the impacts of increasing water scarcity and wetland loss in western ecosystems. To learn more about Patrick’s work, see links to recently published science:

Climate and Human Water use Diminish Wetland Networks Supporting Continental Waterbird Migration

Migration Efficiency Sustains Connectivity Across Agroecological Networks Supporting Sandhill Crane Migration

Functional Wetland Loss Drives Emerging Risks to Waterbird Migration Networks

The meeting will be held in Room 110 in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building (ISB) on the University of Montana campus. The building lies on the south end of campus on Beckwith Avenue between Maurice and Mansfield avenues. Currently, masks are encouraged but not required by the University. Because our membership is composed of many older adults, we encourage attendees to continue to wear masks at our in-person meetings. Because in-person attendance has been low during the pandemic, there should be plenty of room in ISB 110 to socially distance yourself from others, so that you feel comfortable attending. You also have the option of watching the meeting over a zoom link, available in our May newsletter, the Birding Observer.


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