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,
The Barn Owl Project
Presented by Tom Henry
Barn Owls (Tyto alba practincola) are a threatened species in Ohio. Barn Owl population size is believed to be limited primarily by the lack of foraging habitat in close proximity to an abundant number of secure nesting locations. The Division of Wildlife (DOW) accumulated 14 years of productivity data on Barn Owls from 1990 through 2003. This information was obtained through capture and banding at Barn Owl nest and roost sites; in that period over 1600 chicks and 250 adults were banded. In 2003 the Division reduced its banding activities due to manpower constraints. The current Barn Owl banding project was started in 2007 to supplement that reduced effort. The project collects data on Barn Owls in a portion of their breeding range which had earlier been identified as having high to medium productivity. During the eight study years to date (2007 - 2014), we have banded a total of 1505 barn owl chicks and 239 adults (147 females, 90 males, and two of undetermined sex). We have also recaptured an additional 277 adult owls (129 females, 147 males, and one of undetermined sex) which had been banded in previous years. Join Tom as he describes the techniques used and the efforts expended to capture and band one of Ohio’s most elusive owls.
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Tom Henry worked for the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODW) at the Wildlife District Three office in NE Ohio for 28 years. The first 8 years of his career were spent assisting landowners as a private lands biologist and the remaining years serving as an assistant wildlife management supervisor. In his supervisory capacity, Tom was responsible for coordinating both the Peregrine Falcon and Osprey hatching projects that helped to reintroduce these two previously endangered species to NE Ohio. He also coordinated the capture and banding efforts of ODW personnel in NE Ohio over the sixteen years that the Barn Owl banding efforts were active. Tom received a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Zoology both from The Ohio State University. Tom retired from the ODW in 2006 with over thirty-two years of state service and now spends his summers volunteering as a Bald Eagle nest monitor and capturing and banding Barn Owls in the Amish communities of central Ohio.