Oct 18 Speaker: Emily Rondel on bird monitoring and citizen science in urban areas

October 18, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Richmond Hill Naturalists speaker for Tuesday, 18 October, 7:30 pm at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, will be Emily Rondel.
Emily is the Toronto Projects Coordinator for Bird Studies Canada. In this role, she plans public bird monitoring efforts within the GTA to track the diversity and health of our urban avian populations. She also provides outreach and education to create local support for Bird Studies Canada’s national efforts such as Project FeederWatch and the Christmas Bird Count. Emily gets out of the city every field season, when she leads a research program on Golden-winged Warblers and investigates their widespread decline. She is also the Records Councillor of the Toronto Ornithological Club.

Tonight’s topic: More than three quarters of the Canadian population live in cities, and this proportion grows annually. Engaging the urban population in bird monitoring and appreciation is more important than ever, but sadly, city dwellers are under-represented in citizen science and nature appreciation programs in general. With a solid base in citizen science and scientific outreach, Bird Studies Canada has been working to reverse this trend. Urban program coordinator Emily Rondel will discuss what we’ve already done to include more urbanites in bird monitoring, and what we hope to do better in the future!

Reminder Richmond Hill Naturalists meetings are the Third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. At Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church’s Wallace Hall:

Wallace Hall
10066 Yonge St.,
Richmond Hill
(West side, first entrance north of Major Mackenzie Drive)

The public is cordially invited to this event. Members are free, for non-members a $5 donation would be appreciated. Parking is free and refreshments will be served. The Richmond Hill Naturalists is an organization of residents concentrating on discovering, appreciating and enhancing the natural world.

For more information about our organization, consult the web site www.rhnaturalists.ca or contact Gene Denzel lezned@yorku.ca