Bringing the Birds Safely Home

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WHEN: October 10, 2018
TIME: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031
SPEAKER: Dr. Sarah Otterstrom

Even if you spend the majority of your life moving around the world, there is really “no place like home.” It is the same for birds. Though their journeys may be long and perilous, migratory birds must return safely home in order to nest. Unfortunately, recent research links population declines to mortality during migration and overwintering period. To truly protect birds throughout the year, a “full-lifecycle conservation” approach is crucial. In this upcoming event, Dr. Sarah Otterstrom will share Paso Pacifico’s migratory bird conservation program in Central America. This program integrates science, internationals collaborations, and landscape restoration in efforts to protect the endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and other vulnerable migratory species. It is also transforming the way people see birds in that region by teaching kids how to watch and enjoy birds, and introducing a slingshot for binoculars exchange program. These efforts highlight the ecological connectivity between California and Central America and importance of helping the birds get home.

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Dr. Sarah Otterstrom is the Executive Director of Paso Pacifico. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis and is a 2015 Ashoka Fellow.

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