January 2016 Program: Marsh Bird Research – Conserving Marsh Birds in Michigan and Beyond

January 25, 2016 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

Now that we have seen how vital wetlands are being protected (November’s Wetlands Mitigation program), let’s see how the birds that depend on the marshes are doing. Mike Monfils is a Conservation Scientist with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (Michigan State University). Mike has worked more than 19 years as a wildlife ecologist. Beyond maintaining habitat (wetlands preservation), how does bird research and monitoring improve marsh bird conservation? Just how is all that scientific research helping our birds?

Of course most marsh birds in Michigan don’t stay in Michigan all year. Mike currently chairs the Midwest Marsh Bird Working Group, serves on the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership Steering Committee, and participates in the Upper Mississippi and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture. But he knows our Southwest Michigan marshes. Mike did his undergraduate work at Grand Valley State University.

Come get the big picture – and I bet we will see some beautiful birds that frequent our area – without even getting our feet wet!

Join us Monday, January 25, at People’s Church, 1758 North 10th Street, Kalamazoo. The program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee cup.