Hello HMBC Members:
HMBC Program Notice
The California Gnatcatcher Story
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:30PM via Zoom meeting (Note Special Time)
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In the 1990’s, the most publicized debate over the US Endangered Species Act concerned protections for the Northern Spotted Owl, with timber companies and loggers pitted against owls living in stands of old forest located mainly on National Forest lands. Yet there was also a concurrent argument over proposed listing of the coastal California Gnatcatcher. Unlike the owl, this small gray songbird occurs on some of the country’s most expensive private real estate, introducing a very different dynamic to the Endangered Species Act debate.
This presentation will explore the background of this contentious issue, including how Atwood’s seemingly esoteric study of gnatcatcher taxonomy turned into a conservation discussion that continues to this day. Has protection of the California Gnatcatcher catalyzed a new way of accomplishing the goals of the Endangered Species Act?
Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years,
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Topic: HMBC April Program Meeting
Time: Apr 12, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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