April 20, Monday @ 7:00 pm
Dr. John Marzluff:"Welcome to Subirdia"
Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins,Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife
In Welcome to Subirdia, I reveal that our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity—holding more species than either wilderness areas or urban centers. In fact, suburbs may play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic disruptions of climate change and other human impacts. Welcome to Subirdia shows us how.
We are an integral part of an ecosystem, and our everyday actions affect the fabric of animal life that surrounds us. Drawing on examples from across the country and around the world — Kansas City, Seattle, New York, Arizona, New Zealand, Europe, Central America, Asia — I show how some birds are adapting and thriving in moderately urban ecosystems, often evolving before our eyes.
Dr. Marzluff has mentored over 30 graduate students and authored over 135 scientific papers on various aspects of bird behavior and wildlife management. He is a member of the board of editors for Ecological Applications. He has edited Avian Conservation: Research and Management that includes 40 chapters detailing research approaches to conserve avian biodiversity throughout the world (1998, Island Press), Avian Conservation and Ecology in an Urbanizing World (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), Radiotelemetry and Animal Populations (2001, Academic Press), Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the Interaction Between Humans and Nature (2008, Springer), and Perspectives in Urban Ecology (2011, Springer). He is currently leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Team for the critically endangered Mariana Crow, a former member of the Washington Biodiversity Council, and a Fellow of the American Ornithologist's Union.