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Nature Night: Backyard Habitats and the Ecology of Their Impact

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When: Mar 14, 2017 from 06:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Are we truly supporting the birds in our backyards or creating ecological sinks? This presentation will ask the hard questions and explore the ecological nuances of these answers. It will also present preliminary findings from a PSU multi-year study which aims to explore the impacts of local backyard habitats.

Backyard Habitat

Where: Heron Hall at the Portland Audubon Sanctuary

6 p.m.: Pre-talk Seed and Hardwood Cutting Exchange

7 p.m.: Presentation with Nikkie West and Andrew Gibbs

 

Over 200 species of birds use our urban area for all or part of the year. As they pass through on their migratory route, over-winter, or carry out their full life-cycle here, they visit our yards – for better or for worse. Our Backyard Habitat Certification Program provides technical assistance and incentives for residents that want to increase habitat at home and garden for wildlife. After nearly 10 years, how are the program’s activities measuring up and what are our aggregate impacts across the landscape?  Are we truly supporting the birds in our backyards or creating ecological sinks? This presentation will ask the hard questions and explore the ecological nuance of these answers. It will also present preliminary findings from a multi-year study, conducted by Portland State University, which aims to explore the impacts of local backyard habitats.     

We will kick off this exciting program with a seed and hardwood cutting exchange. Seeds and hardwood cuttings of all shapes and sizes will be shared; veggies, natives, and wildlife friendly ornamental plants (please bring viable seeds only, no invasive species). Come early, clad with extras of your viable seed to share, or simply show up for the main presentation!

This program will be presented by Backyard Habitat Program Manager, Nikkie West and Portland State University PhD candidate Andrew Gibbs. Nikkie joined the staff at Portland Audubon in 2011 after nearly 10 years of coordinating community-based programs for Metro, the City of Milwaukie, and the Community Cycling Center – as well as NGOs in Honduras and India. Andy is in the home stretch of achieving his PhD in Conservation Biology from PSU. His research consists of conducting bird-point-counts and vegetation assessments in over 200 local backyard habitats, year-round, over the past three years.   

EXPRESS ENTRY is available by signing up at bit.ly/NATURENIGHT (this is not an RSVP but gains you quick access to the event).
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