Educational talk on Monday Nov. 16 to focus on locally declining bird populations

Life-long birder and Salida resident Andrew Mackie will lead the discussion “A Birdseye Perspective” about declining local bird species and what is needed to reverse the trends during an informational talk on Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Salida Community Center.

The discussion will highlight multiple species of birds living and migrating through the region, said Mackie, who is trained in ecology and ornithology and formerly worked for the National Audubon Society. He currently is the executive director of the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas.

The event is the last in a series of presentations sponsored by the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas titled "Lesser-Known Wildlife," which aims to peak curiosities about nature among people who participate. The series included talks led by experts about moths and butterflies, spiders, and reptiles and amphibians.

The land trust works to protect land and water resources in central Colorado through conservation initiatives and educational programs such as the Lesser-Known Wildlife series.

Mackie will discuss how the organization is using information about declining bird populations to drive some of their work locally and with Western Wings, a group linking land trusts in 11 western states with bird conservation work.

The event costs $5 for Land Trust members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Contact [email protected] or call 719-539-770 to sign up. The program is geared toward adult-learners, restricted to ages 15 and older.

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