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Renowned bird authority to speak Nov. 13

Jerry Bertrand, founder and chair of BirdLife International, director emeritus of Massachusetts Audubon and a board member of the National Audubon Society, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in 128 Pearson Hall. His topic is "Biological Conservation for the Globe: What it Takes for Birds."

BirdLife International is a global alliance of conservation organizations working in more than 100 countries. Bertrand is also a founder of the World Land Trust, which has worked to save habitats in countries including Belize, Patagonia, Ecuador and the Philippines.

Bertrand has been active in environmental science and conservation for 30 years. His primary interest has been the preservation of habitat and species in marine, coastal, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. He has field experience on every continent and in every ocean except the Arctic. Bertrand has traveled to more than 50 countries in an official government capacity and to an additional 45 countries for nonprofit consulting and conservation work.

As birds are highly sensitive to change, they are major indicators of the state of the environment and give observers early warning signs of potential environmental crises. Since habitat destruction is the greatest threat to bird conservation and nearly three-quarters of all threatened bird species live in forests, conservationists say it’s critical to pay attention to forests and tropical rainforests.

BirdLife International says 1,200 bird species (one in eight of the world’s birds) have a real risk of becoming extinct in the next 100 years and that another 600-900 species are close to being added to the threatened list. Bertrand will talk about what it takes to bring about conservation of critical environmental resources regarding birds.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Institute of Environmental Sciences.

For further information, contact Gene Willeke, IES, 9-5811, or willekge@muohio.edu.

Date Published: 11/07/2002
Volume: 22   Number: 15

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