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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.

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