Date: 6/6/18 4:46 pm From: Joan Collins <joan.collins...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Adirondack Birding Festival Keynote Speaker: Chris Rimmer
This year's Adirondack Birding Festival Keynote Speaker is Chris Rimmer, Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. The talk will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. It is sponsored by Northern New York Audubon. Here is a short description:
Bicknell's Thrush: Conserving a Bird of Two Worlds
The Bicknell's Thrush is one of North America's most rare and vulnerable songbirds. Nesting only in mountaintop forests of northern New England and New York, and wintering primarily on the island of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti), Bicknell's Thrush faces numerous threats to its long-term survival. On its breeding grounds, these include atmospheric pollution, ski area development, communications tower construction, wind power development, mercury contamination, and climate change. The species' limited winter habitats are under siege from deforestation, caused by human population pressures. Since 1992, Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) Executive Director Chris Rimmer has led efforts to conserve the species and these habitats on which it depends. Rimmer will discuss this fascinating and rare songbird, VCE's efforts to study it in New England and the Caribbean, and how Bicknell's Thrush represents a vital conservation link across international boundaries.