Program Meeting – Ovenbirds

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
UM Gallagher Building, room 123
Susie Wall

Please join us at our November chapter meeting to hear Bob Gentry present his talk entitled: Impacts of forest fragmentation and habitat loss on the ovenbird and other neotropical migrants and resident birds. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 11th at 7:00 PM in Room 123 of the Gallagher Business Building on the University of Montana campus.

By Bob Gentry:

I will discuss the importance of maintaining avian biodiversity and genetic resilience through the preservation of important and sensitive habitat in the US and abroad. Birds are important indicator species.  The study of impacts of human activity on birds provides essential data.  I will summarize my graduate school research and provide an update. Climate change is exacerbating the perils faced by our birds. Efforts to preserve sensitive habitats is even more important.  I will also include a brief discussion of legal mechanisms by which federal and state decisions may be examined and challenged if necessary based on the environmental impacts of those decisions.

I have a BA in biology/ecology from Hendrix College, an MA in ecology from the University of Missouri, and a Masters in Environmental Law and JD from Vermont Law School.

In graduate school my research focus was the impacts of habitat destruction and fragmentation on neotropical migrants, specifically the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus).  During graduate school I worked in Missouri, Mexico and Puerto Rico following neotropical migrants from breeding to wintering ranges.  After graduate school I worked in Belize examining neotropical migrant populations across a range of habitat types and studying the impacts of human activity on migrant density, distribution and habitat values on in their winter ranges.

After graduate school I attended Vermont Law School focusing my studies on environmental law.  After law school I took a job with the Arkansas Department of Justice’s environmental enforcement division.  I moved to Montana in 1996 to join the state Natural Resource Damage Program litigating the state’s natural resource damages claims under CERCLA .  After 7 years with NRD I accepted a position with the State Department of Transportation (MDT) and moved to Missoula.  At MDT I focused on conservation easement purchases, acquiring wetland mitigation credits and wildlife passages on the US Highway 93 project.

Around 2009 I opened my private practice of law and focused on public interest environmental and immigration issues.

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