We are currently presenting monthly programs on ZOOM. These are recorded,  and we invite you to watch and share these presentations.
 

Friday, September 11, 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Heather Kenny presented a ZOOM program (pass code for recorded program: 0FA=WpxY) on her research evidence that
Female bluebirds with high aggression are better at coping with noise pollution.
 
She found that female aggression levels influenced whether bluebirds settled in noisy or quiet breeding sites, and partly determined the effect of traffic noise on parental care of nestlings. It is important for biologists and wildlife managers to understand the variety of ways that individual birds respond to human-caused stressors like noise pollution because it provides insight into how populations might evolve in response to them.  It also allows folks to tailor more effective management and conservation strategies. 
 
Heather Kenny is a Humboldt County native who grew up in Trinidad and earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from UC Davis in 2014. She grew her interest in birds by volunteering at the Klamath Bird Observatory, and working as an Avian Ecology Intern at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida. 
 
 
 
Planning Future Restoration for Long-Term Survival of Greater Sage-Grouse with Beth Fitzpatrick.  You can watch it here. The password: R&&45%YA.
 

Populations of Greater Sage-Grouse, the largest grouse in North America, have been declining across the West; its distribution reduced by about 50% since European settlement. In the spring, sage-grouse males dance and display at sites called leks in an attempt to attract females. If sage-grouse are to survive, their lek sites, nesting sites, wintering sites, and the landscape connections between them need to remain intact. 

In this presentation, Beth Fitzpatrick will talk about her work in identifying areas important to the Greater Sage-Grouse by assessing the influence of landscape characteristics on sage-grouse breeding site distribution and on connectivity between populations.
 

Beth Fitzpatrick is an ornithologist and spatial ecologist.  A PhD candidate at the University of Wyoming, she recently taught classes on spatial and population ecology and wildlife management at Humboldt State University.

 
 
 
It is often assumed that climate change will negatively affect many organisms in arid regions as they become warmer and drier. In reality, these responses likely will vary among species and populations.
Frank Fogarty, a doctoral candidate at University of California, Davis and lecturer at Humboldt State University, will be presenting his recently published work on the effects of long-term variation in both temperature and precipitation in southern California on the abundance of 41 breeding bird species.
 
Among the species of birds that appear to be significantly impacted by climate variation in southern California are the Black-throated sparrow, Gambel's quail, and Loggerhead shrike.
 
 

"The Ecological Role of Raptors and the Impacts of Rat Poison" with speaker Jaime Carlino.

Rodenticide use is pervasive world-wide and the costs to rodent-consuming wildlife species such as raptors, as well as pets and children, are high. Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) is a non-profit organization working with a coalition of NGOs, agencies, scientists, municipalities, and individuals to eliminate toxic rodenticides from the food web. RATS and its regional chapters encourage people to be proactive in managing rodent issues without the use of poisons. As a regional chapter of RATS, the HUM-RATS' (Humboldt Raptors are the Solution) mission is to educate Humboldt County residents about the harmful effects of widespread use of toxic rodenticides, and the critical role played by rodent-consuming wildlife species such as raptors. Jaime will give a brief overview of rodenticides, their effects on a variety of non-target species, describe what RATS and HUM-RATS are doing to address this issue, and provide information on how to manage rodent issues without using poisons.

Jaime Carlino is a long time bird lover who studies wildlife management at Humboldt State University. She investigated Barn Owl nest box selection in California's Central Valley agricultural ecosystems for her undergraduate degree.  Her master’s degree work will focus on Barn Owls in Napa Valley’s agricultural ecosystems. Jaime hatched HUM-RATS in 2019 because she recognized the importance of poison-free ecosystems to the diverse array of wildlife that occurs in Humboldt County. If you’d like to receive updates from HUM-RATS, search ‘Humboldt Raptors Are The Solution’ on Facebook and ‘humrats’ on Instagram.

Here's the link.