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Restoring Seabird Colonies through Social Attraction

birdIn 1973, National Audubon successfully restored a breeding colony of Atlantic Puffins on an island in the Gulf of Maine where they had been extirpated in the early 20th century. They relied on social attraction an innovative use of decoys and audio playback that since then has helped restore seabird colonies across the globe. In the Pacific Flyway, social attraction helped restore breeding colonies of Caspian Terns. It’s currently the centerpiece of a last-ditch attempt to prevent extinction of the Chinese Crested Tern.

Dan Roby is the Unit Leader Wildlife for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University. His primary area of research interest is the physiological ecology and conservation biology of birds, with an emphasis on seabirds. He received a B.A. (Biology) from Antioch College in 1974, a M.S. (Wildlife Management) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1978, and a Ph.D. (Biology) from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. Dan  served as Chair of the Pacific Seabird Group during 2005-2006, was elected a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union in 2008, and was awarded the Ralph W. Schreiber Conservation Award from the American Ornithological Society in 2017.

6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Thursday, 10/19/17


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First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center

1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109