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ONLINE: Winter Audubon Talk—Alabama’s Birdlife and the Climate Crisis: Changes, Challenges, and Choices


Brown-headed nuthatch. Photo taken by Dan Watson at our Bird Banding Course at Wehle Land Conservation Center.
Free

January 27, 2022 , 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST Wednesday, January 26th.

While this is a free event, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/annualfund.

Join Dr. R. Scot Duncan, Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College and author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, as he explores the impacts of climate change on our state’s bird populations, and how we can ensure Alabama’s birdlife enjoys the best possible future. Make dinner and enjoy it while you watch this engaging live-streamed presentation. There will be time at the end for questions from the audience.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re not an Alabama Audubon member and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions once registration closes. You’ll need the link or webinar ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the webinar without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

Dr. Scot Duncan (Photo: Bob Farley)

About the presenter: Dr. R. Scot Duncan is a Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC). Originally from Pensacola, FL, Scot has a BS in Biology from Eckerd College, and a MS and PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida. His research and explorations have taken him to Antarctica, East Africa, Central and South America, the Pacific Northwest, and ecosystems across the southeastern US. For ten years he
studied tropical forest restoration in Uganda and Latin America, but in recent years has focused his research on the ecology of endangered species and threatened ecosystems in Alabama. Scot is an expert on bird identification and ecology, and has observed over 600 species in the United States, and over 1000 species worldwide. Scot is the author or coauthor of 16 peer-reviewed science journal articles and 7 technical reports.

Scot is the author of award-winning Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, with foreword written by Dr. Edward O. Wilson. Written for the layperson, the book interweaves the disciplines of ecology, evolution, and geology into an explanation of why Alabama is home to more species than any other state east of the Mississippi River. The book won three awards across the region, including the Phil Reed Environmental Writing Award for non-fiction from the Southern Environmental Law Center. Over 3100 copies have been sold.

Scot is frequently interviewed by the press on issues of species and ecosystem conservation and climate change. He’s delivered 98 talks to the public since 2013. He has a blog entitled Confluence: The Head and Heart of Southeastern Ecology which can be found on his website: http://scotduncan.me. Scot’s latest book is Creek to Coast: Restoring the Rivers at the Heart of America’s Freshwater Biodiversity (provisional title; available spring 2023).

Scot served on the board of the Cahaba River Society (2006-2012), and now serves on the board of the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Scot was the chief architect of two successful new majors at BSC: Urban Environmental Studies and Health Sciences. He helped establish BSC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, and has served on the committee for three years, including one year as co-chair. And for three years he was chair of the Biology Department (2014-2017).

FAQ’s:

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes.

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here.

Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view them later? We will be recording this session to make available on our website and Vimeo page.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online events at this time.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.