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Climate Change and the Future of Montane Birds in the Northeast


Speaker: Dr. Jason Hill

Strap that roller coaster seatbelt across your lap – our montane forests are in for a ride over the next century. On October 15 at 7PM EDT, Dr. Jason Hill, an ecologist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will discuss how climate change is forcing our northeastern flora and fauna to rapidly adapt, with a special focus on the responses of montane bird populations.

Hill is currently a quantitative ecologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where he helps oversee the citizen science project Mountain Birdwatch, and researches montane ecology. He received his PhD from the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State University, where he studied the population ecology of grassland sparrows following experimental landscape manipulation. 

His postdoc with the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center explored how landscape changes from Marcellus natural gas development impacted interior forest and grassland bird species.

The event will include time for audience Q&A. Free and open to all, EventBrite registration is required to access the Zoom link. 

This virtual Climate Change Series is presented by Catskill Science Collaborative, a group of individuals and institutions dedicated to facilitating collaboration and outreach by those doing environmental research in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State.

These science lectures are sponsored by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and by Sherret E. Chase, Associate RE Broker with Select Sotheby's.