ORAS September Kick-Off Meeting Features Talk by UGA Professor on Harnessing Technological Advances to Understand Migratory Bird Declines

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is excited to announce that our monthly meeintgs will begin on Thursday, Sept. 2nd. We are offering options to attend the meeting in person at the UGA Odum School of Ecology auditorium and online via Zoom. Doors will open at 6:30pm and the talk will begin at 7pm. Our speaker will be Dr. Clark Rushing, who is a new faculty member in the UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. The link to the Zoom meeting can be obtained by completing this google form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeLbUrnJ5F6SbfVVdKcxFrRDxGHLiPxp2XNHqYlu4O_KQm5nw/viewform?usp=sf_link). To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks will be required for in-person attendance.

Dr. Rushing is a new assistant professor at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He received his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and PhD in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics at University of Maryland, College Park. After obtaining his PhD, he held postdoctoral positions at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Patuxent Wildlife Research Center conducting research on migratory birds ranging from investigating the migration and movement ecology of southeastern Painted Buntings, understanding the life history and demography of Black Rosy-finch in Utah, and examining migration and habitat selection of American White Pelicans near the Great Salt Lake. He also leads projects examining impacts of climate change on migratory birds to inform conservation and management their populations. His talk is titled “Harnessing technological advances to understand declines of migratory birds.