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February Meeting - presented on Zoom

Watching After Waterfowl:  Washington’s Unique Role in Waterfowl Ecology, Conservation and Management
Presented by Kyle Spragens
Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 PM

The term “waterfowl” comprises a highly diverse suite of species, that have adapted to span a broad array of habitats across the globe. Often in North America, due to their “gamebird” designation, the intricate storylines that define this group of migratory birds, unfortunately gets lost as an afterthought. By providing a comparative perspective, this presentation strives to provide you with insights to the unique set of circumstances, changing story lines, and considerations involved in waterfowl ecology in Washington state.

Feb tealKyle is the Waterfowl Section Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, based in Olympia, and serves as a technical liaison to the Pacific Flyway Council.  He is originally from the Northern San Francisco Bay Area and is a graduate of Humboldt State University (BSc & MSc) with an emphasis in Wildlife Management.  His previous waterfowl adventures have spanned from the Canadian Arctic tundra to lagoons along the Black Sea in Turkey to fishponds in Hong Kong’s Pearl River Delta; including six years as a Wildlife Biologist for the USGS-San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station and three years as Senior Waterfowl Biologist for the USFWS-Yukon Delta NWR in Bethel, Alaska.  His background has focused on cooperation with partners across the Pacific and East Asian-Australasian Flyways conducting monitoring and research projects related to nesting waterfowl, migration chronology, sea-level rise impacts to migratory bird habitats, and spatio-temporal dynamics in habitat use.

Please register for this event at:  http://bit.ly/febsas.  Preregistration is required and is limited to 100 attendees. Please only one registrant per household. After you register you will receive an email with the link to sign in at the time of the event. Questions? Please contact Carla Helm at carlajhelm@comcast.net.

If you missed the excellent January 12th presentation, “Bring Back the Pollinators”, or want to watch it again, a recording is now available for viewing at the following link: https://youtu.be/demS6FlWizs

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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