Annual Friends Celebration: Eighty Years of Change in Bird Populations in the Connecticut College Arboretum

Thursday, May 23, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Blaustein Humanities Center Ernst Common
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Arboretum
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Maggie Redfern
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Arboretum Office
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http://emsprd.conncoll.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=91135

Free for Arboretum members, new members welcome, registration required please email arbor@conncoll.edu or call 860-439-5020.

Faculty and students have monitored bird populations in the Arboretum for decades. Robert Askins, Professor Emeritus of Biology, will describe the dramatic changes in bird life that these studies have revealed. Some forest birds have declined or disappeared while others have increased. Species that live in open fields disappeared as trees invaded the fields and converted them to woodland, but some of these species have returned in areas where open meadows have been restored. Numerous southern species have moved north into the Arboretum and other areas in New England as the climate became warmer. Waterfowl populations on the Thames River have fluctuated widely, often reflecting changes in the continent-wide population of particular species. Dr. Askins will give an illustrated overview of some of these changes and their implications for conservation. A reception will follow the presentation.

Annual Friends Celebration: Eighty Years of Change in Bird Populations in the Connecticut College Arboretum 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Blaustein Humanities Center Ernst Common
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