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Nature Night: Michael Murphy - The Story of Portland’s Parks and Greenspaces Told Through Their Birds

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When: Apr 09, 2019 from 07:00 pm to 08:00 pm

The version of a story often depends on the lens of the story-teller. Join Portland State University’s Michael Murphy and Portland Audubon and hear what the birds of Portland’s parks and greenspaces have to tell us about their homes.

Where: Portland Audubon's Heron Hall, 5151 NW Cornell Road, Portland

The version of a story often depends on the lens of the story-teller. Join Portland State University’s Michael Murphy and Portland Audubon and hear what the birds of Portland’s parks and greenspaces have to tell us about their homes. 

Portland hosts a wonderful abundance of parks and greenspaces (P&Gs), but the extent of birds found in these places is relatively poorly known. Professor Michael Murphy and his students surveyed bird communities in 48 P&Gs in the city of Portland to describe avian species richness and to identify the relative contribution of P&Gs size and shape, connectivity, landscape composition surrounding parks, and habitat within P&Gs to differences in richness and abundance of different migratory guilds. 

Learn about the variation in avian community structure among P&Gs and the relative importance of the multiple competing factors that potentially affect presence or absence of different species. Perhaps not surprisingly, resident, short-distance migrant, and long-distance migrants have different stories to tell. 

Come to Portland Audubon’s Heron Hall in our Forest Park campus, where we share our home with the birds, and find out what their stories are!

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Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush in Forest Park, photo by Clay Showalter
 
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