Pub Talk with John Alexander
John Alexander, Executive Director, Klamath Bird Observatory The Playwright Public House 258 A STREET Ashland, OR 97520 In this ScienceWorks Pub Talk, John will review the history of conservation policy in the United States, summarize the state of the birds in our nation, and discuss how Klamath Bird Observatory improves conservation in our own backyard, the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion. The United States has a history of progressive conservation policies, with roots tracing back to Aldo Leopold’s famous essay, The Land Ethic. These policies aim to conserve entire ecosystems, however, achieving the grand vision of ecosystem conservation proves challenging. Klamath Bird Observatory, based here in Ashland, is overcoming this challenge through key partnerships and the use of applied scientific research. Working nationally, Klamath Bird Observatory has collaborated with leading conservation organizations to produce annual State of the Birds reports. These reports summarize the health of our nation’s birdlife and recognize birds as indicators of our environmental, economic, and social well-being. Working locally in the Klamath-Siskiyou Region—a globally recognized hotspot for biodiversity—Klamath Bird Observatory provides land managers with the scientific findings necessary to manage for entire communities of native birds, themselves indicators of the health of the environment as a whole. We hope to see you there!