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    Kirtland Bird Club Presents: The Bird Friendly City, with Tim Beatley

    March 03, 2021
    7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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    The Bird Friendly City is a city that is safer and more hospitable for birds, but it's also safer and more hospitable for humans too.

    How does a bird experience a city? A backyard? A park? As the world has become more urban, noisier from increased traffic, and brighter from streetlights and office buildings, it has also become more dangerous for countless species of birds. Warblers become disoriented by nighttime lights and collide with buildings. Ground-feeding sparrows fall prey to feral cats. Hawks and other birds-of-prey are sickened by rat poison. These name just a few of the myriad hazards. How do our cities need to change in order to reduce the threats, often created unintentionally, that have resulted in nearly three billion birds lost in North America alone since the 1970s?
     
    In The Bird-Friendly City, Timothy Beatley, a longtime advocate for intertwining the built and natural environments, takes readers on a global tour of cities that are reinventing the status quo with birds in mind. Efforts span a fascinating breadth of approaches: public education, urban planning and design, habitat restoration, architecture, art, civil disobedience, and more. Beatley shares empowering examples, including: advocates for “catios,” enclosed outdoor spaces that allow cats to enjoy backyards without being able to catch birds; a public relations campaign for vultures; and innovations in building design that balance aesthetics with preventing bird strikes. Through these changes and the others Beatley describes, it is possible to make our urban environments more welcoming to many bird species.
     
    Come away motivated to implement and advocate for bird-friendly changes, with inspiring examples on which to draw. Whether birds are migrating and need temporary shelter or are taking up permanent residence in a backyard, when the environment is safer for birds, humans are happier as well.

    To register for this online presentation, click below:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kbc-presents-the-bird-friendly-city-with-tim-beatley-tickets-133626926735

    The Kirtland Bird Club hopes you'll join this online presentation March 3rd from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

    Dr. Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he has taught for the last twenty-five years. Much of Beatley’s work focuses on the subject of sustainable communities, and creative strategies by which cities and towns can fundamentally reduce their ecological footprints, while at the same time becoming more livable and equitable places. Beatley believes that sustainable and resilient cities represent our best hope for addressing today’s environmental challenges.

     

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