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Raptor Conservation: Past and Present

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When: Sep 19, 2018 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Join Portland Audubon as we welcome HawkWatch International Senior Scientist Dave Oleyar for an engaging and enlightening evening presentation on conservation efforts for birds of prey.

Where: Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland, OR

Join Portland Audubon as we welcome HawkWatch International Senior Scientist Dave Oleyar for an engaging and enlightening evening presentation on conservation efforts for birds of prey. He’ll touch on the work and history of HawkWatch International, the importance of long-term monitoring efforts, ongoing research projects (including community science opportunities), and current conservation concerns for birds of prey.

HawkWatch International started over 30 years ago as an organization focused on monitoring the status of raptor populations in the west by counting and banding migrants each year, and on educating people about birds of prey and their roles in the environments we share. These efforts continue today and these valuable long-term data, including those from the Bonney Butte HawkWatch near Mount Hood, have highlighted at-risk species that merit further study, but also conservation success stories. In addition to migration monitoring, HWI biologists (and in many cases armies of citizen scientists) currently study the ecology of American Kestrels in different landscapes; Short-eared Owl population status and distribution across the west; Golden Eagle nesting and movement ecology; and the ecology of cavity-nesting small forest owls in southeast Arizona and northern Utah.

Dr. Oleyar joined the HawkWatch International team in November 2013. His road to being a raptor enthusiast and wildlife population ecologist began at an early age while exploring the post oak forests near his family’s home outside of Dallas, Texas. Over the years, Dave has worked with a variety of animals ranging from zooplankton to bats to songbirds to raptors.

Central to all of Dave’s work is understanding how the patterns humans create in both wild and human dominated settings influence the animals we share these spaces with. We look forward to seeing you at this special presentation!

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