May 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Each May, World Migratory Bird Day brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration – and reminds us that many birds aren’t connected to a single place, but survive and even thrive in diverse habitats during often long and arduous passage across a broad swath of landscapes and ecosystems in an increasingly urbanized planet. Dr. Wayne Arendt and Jerry Bauer, both with the USDA Forest Service’sInternational Institute of Tropical Forestry based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will share how the combination of decades of bird data linked to natural and innate variables generated by US Forest Service i-Tree and i-Tree Eco software can provide new insights into the many ways highly disparate and dispersed urban green areas, including urban forests with their complex structure, composition and diverse mixture of native and introduced species, can influence urban bird biodiversity and promote natural and anthropogenic ecosystem services provided to Santo Domingo, and the city’s reciprocity promoting sustainable and functional benefits to trees, birds and all incumbent life forms. Robert Northrop, an extension forester with the University of Florida, will discuss what this means for urban forest stewardship, and how local decisions can have a synergistic impact on urban terrestrial and marine resident and migratory birds, ecosystem services and human well-being across a migratory landscape.
1 ISA CEU available