WHAT: PRLT Annual Meeting and Special Presentation
WHEN: Thursday October 8th, 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: St. Joseph’s College, Alfond Hall Auditorium, 278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish
RSVP to email@example.com or 839-4633
Special presentation by Wildlife Biologist, Patrick Keenan, of the Biodiversity Research Institute
From the Amazon to the Presumpscot: How local land conservation can help migrating songbirds on their global journey
Since 1998, Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) has gone from a small organization in a Gorham farmhouse focused on researching mercury levels in loons to one of the nation’s leading wildlife researchers. Its work today includes studying the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on wildlife, mitigating wind-power impacts on migrating birds, and a range of other research projects around the world.
But one of the most interesting projects is happening right on the Presumpscot River. At Presumpscot Regional Land Trust’s Annual Meeting, BRI Wildlife Biologist Patrick Keenan will talk about the organization’s multi-year work tracking and studying songbirds that breed each year at River Pointe in Falmouth before migrating to the Amazon River basin. The work has important implications for the role local land conservation can play in migratory wildlife’s global habitat needs.
Keenan is a graduate of Colby College and earned a M.S. degree from the University of Wyoming before beginning work at BRI as Outreach Coordinator and Biologist in 2008. As a biologist and educator he is passionate about integrating students and citizens with field research methods and results. In 2011, BRI established a migration monitoring station at River Point Conservation Area in West Falmouth, where they conduct mission-focused research and outreach.