Conservation Lecture: How we influence wildlife conservation and the animals around us
Lecture by Barbara Clucas, Humboldt State University, Department of Wildlife.
The Sequoia Park Zoo FREE Conservation Lecture Series continues with the final presentation about wildlife in urban areas and how humans impact it.
The Wednesday, March 8th lecture, How We Influence Wildlife Conservation and the Animals Around Us, will focus on how human behavior can influence wildlife species.
Rapid urbanization worldwide is increasing the need of wildlife conservation in urban areas. Human-wildlife interactions in cities are mostly with bird species (e.g., providing bird feeders) and there is the potential for people to favor particular species, which in turn could influence biodiversity.
In this talk, Dr. Barbara Clucas will present two studies of how we can influence wildlife conservation and the animals around us. The first study explores the human-avian relationship in two large cities – Berlin, Germany and Seattle, Washington – and examines the economic value humans place on interactions with native songbirds. The second study compares bird behavior across North American and European cities and investigates how the age of a city influences innovative behavior in birds (e.g., novel foraging techniques). These studies highlight how conservation is not always far from home and the importance of conservation in urban areas.
Dr. Barbara Clucas, has worked with a diversity of taxa including mammals, birds and reptiles. She has studied communication in songbirds and lizards, predator-prey interactions between rattlesnakes and ground squirrels, and interactions between birds and humans in urban areas.
She received her PhD in Animal Behavior in 2008 from the University of California, Davis and did her postdoctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and Berlin, Germany. She joined the Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University in 2011 and is currently an assistant professor in the department.
What: FREE Conservation Lecture
How We Influence Wildlife Conservation and the Animals Around Us
When: Wednesday, March 8th
Where: Sequoia Park Zoo
The Mission of Sequoia Park Zoo is to inspire conservation of the natural world by instilling wonder, respect and passion for wildlife.
As an AZA accredited facility, Sequoia Park Zoo incorporates wildlife conservation as an essential part of its mission. This includes spreading awareness about threats to wildlife and habitats, inspiring conservation action among our visitors, and helping to fund conservation fieldwork.