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Nature Night: How Woodpeckers Can Save the World (or at least your local forest!)

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When: Sep 13, 2016 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm

Naturalist Steve Shunk will start off our Speakers Series for 2016/2017 with an engaging and informative talk about woodpeckers of North America. Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and North America’s woodpeckers play a critical role in our continent’s forests and woodlands. Nowhere else on Earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to forest ecology. Steve will take you inside the woodpecker anatomy, and translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors we love to watch among our favorite woodland carpenters.

Naturalist Steve Shunk will start off our Speakers Series for 2016/2017 at Heron Hall with an engaging and informative talk about woodpeckers of North America. Woodpeckers represent one of the most specialized bird families in the world, and North America’s woodpeckers play a critical role in our continent’s forests and woodlands. Nowhere else on Earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to forest ecology. 

Steve will take you inside the woodpecker anatomy, and translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors we love to watch among our favorite woodland carpenters. He will explain how these amazing birds can slam their heads against trees without injury; why there is such broad variability among our local woodpecker species and describe how several species can co-exist in the same stand of forest without competition. Fly-catching woodpeckers, ant-eating woodpeckers, and the heavy-duty excavators will all be explored in his stories, including the keystone ecological roles played by them on our continent.

Your Portland Audubon will have Steve’s long awaited new book, Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, for sale in our Nature Store. Steve will graciously sign yours after his captivating talk. 

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ABOUT STEPHEN: Steve Shunk started birding in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1989.  He then moved to central Oregon’s “Woodpecker Wonderland” in 1997, where 11 woodpecker species breed in an area less than 15% the size of Portland. Inspired by this backyard abundance, Steve has spent nearly 20 years studying this charismatic family of birds. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird Conservancy (now East Cascades Audubon), and he started the region’s woodpecker festival in 2008. He now lectures across North America and beyond.

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