Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Cleveland Museum of Natural history
Birds, Buildings, Bridges, Barriers & Baseball
Presented by Harvey Webster
The built human landscape presents unique challenges and opportunities for birds. Nighthawks, gulls and Killdeer have successfully used gravel-topped flat building roofs as nesting habitat. Peregrine Falcons use skyscraper ledges and bridges to nest in the heart of our cities. Gulls and waterfowl use the warm water discharge from electric generating plants as roosting and feeding spots in the winter. On the other hand windows and lit buildings, wind turbines and communications towers as well as many other structures kill millions of birds passing through our cities every year. In this illustrated program we will explore the perils and possibilities for birds in the urban environment and how we can ameliorate the negative impacts.
Harvey B. Webster is Director of Wildlife Resources at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. He oversees the Ralph Perkins Wildlife Center and the Museum’s Wildlife Resource Center.
Webster led the Bald Eagle Breeding Program at the Museum that pioneered artificial insemination and other captive management techniques. The Museum was the first institution in the world to successfully breed Bald Eagles by means of artificial insemination. Eaglets produced at the Museum were fostered into wild Ohio nests and have contributed to the successful recovery of the eagle in this region.
Webster was educated at Cornell University and has been with the Museum since 1974 with background in wildlife conservation. He served on the technical committee of the Important Bird Areas initiative for Audubon Ohio. He is currently coordinating a program called Smart Light/Safe Flight, a collaboration with the Ohio Lights Out Initiative, an effort to get urban skyscrapers to turn their lights off at night during the spring and autumn migration of birds to prevent the birds from striking the buildings and save energy.
In addition he presents programs on Ohio’s eagles, raptors, birds and wildlife as well as the natural history of the region. He is a regular guest on the Sound of Applause with Dee Perry on WCPN-90.3 public radio, and makes appearances on area television and radio stations promoting conservation issues.
Please join Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society, Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland,and Kirtland Bird Club as we present this very special event:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
6363 Selig Dr.
Independence Civic Center
Independence, OH 44131
Symposium on Wind Energy and Wildlife
Dr. Michael Hutchins
NationalCoordinator, Bird Smart Wind Energy Campaign
American Bird Conservancy (ABC)
Dr. Hutchins isactively involved in all ABC issues concerning wind energy and its impacts onavian life. Dr. Hutchins has been an involved scientist andconservationist for three decades and has authored over 220 papers on various scienceissues.
Communication and Strategy Manager
Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo)
Mr. Ritter is primarily responsible for managing LEEDCo's publiceducation and stakeholder engagement activities. Eric has many years of experienceworking as an outreach consultant for various environmental, social justice andpolitical causes.
We are fortunate to have representatives from two organizations deeply interested in the use of wind energy and its potential impacts on avian wildlife. The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has a strong, successful record working to conserve birds throughout the Americas. They are active in the areas of public education, conserving avian habitats and working to eliminate threats to birds. For more information, see their web site: HERE.
The Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo) is a regional non-profit and economic development organization building an offshore wind energy industry in Ohio. The counties of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lake, Lorain, the City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, and Nortech are all founding members. For more information, see their web site: HERE.
AS THE FORMAT OF THIS PROGRAM WILL ALLOW ONLY LIMITED TIME FOR QUESTIONS, THE ORGANIZERS REQUEST THAT QUESTIONS BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE TO THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS: SUBMITMYQUESTION@GMAIL.COM. THE SPEAKERS WILL DO THEIR BEST TO ADDRESS MOST QUESTIONS DURING THEIR PRESENTATIONS.
Wednesday, November 5,
Cleveland Museum of Natural History