Nov 28, 2011
Humboldt State University Wildlife Professor Mark Colwell, a veteran shorebirds expert, will lecture on the biology and conservation status of the Snowy Plover on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Sequoia Park Zoo Classroom in the Secrets of the Forest Building, 3414 W Street, Eureka.
Colwell’s presentation, “A Tale of Two Plovers,” is the life story of two of the oldest breeding plovers in the local population that Colwell has been studying for 11 years. His talk is the second in a new series of free monthly evening talks sponsored by Sequoia Park Zoo’s Conservation Committee. Local experts address species conservation topics.
“My goal with this talk is to get away from the sometimes difficult abstract issues of conservation biology and focus on the lives of two specific individual birds,” said Colwell. “In Humboldt County, the issue of closing off areas of public beaches to protect snowy plovers’ breeding habitat has been the cause of some friction, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lay out all the relevant facts to the community.”
Colwell’s lecture will be preceded by a reception at 6:30 p.m.
The January 14 talk, “Emerging Diseases and the One-World-One-Health Concept,” will be given by HSU Wildlife Professor Richard Brown.