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Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out

2014/11/30

Monday, December 8- Ohio Lights Out: Using Monitoring Program Data to Save Migrating BirdsAmanda DurenOhio Bird Conservation Initiative

00-Amanda DurenEvery spring and fall, millions of birds migrate through Ohio on their way to or from their breeding grounds. Many birds migrate at night, and lights on tall buildings or aimed at the sky can cause birds to strike windows or circle buildings until they fall from exhaustion. Lights Out programs reduce these risks by encouraging building owners and tenants to limit lighting during migration. In this presentation, we will discuss the results of a monitoring program for bird collisions in downtown Columbus, and how these results are guiding the implementation of the new statewide Ohio Lights Out initiative.

Amanda Duren received a B.S. in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University in 2007 and a M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware in 2011. For her graduate work, she studied the impacts of non-native plants on bird populations in suburban forest fragments. Amanda currently works as the Program Coordinator for the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative. The duties of this position include the development of partnership projects among public and private conservation organizations and the coordination of avian education activities in Ohio. Amanda also enjoys exploring Ohio’s nature beauty through birding and kayaking.

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