THE CHALLENGES OF GRASSLAND BIRD CONSERVATION
February 14 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Dan Casey will be the featured speaker at the February 14, 2022 Flathead Audubon meeting. Grassland-dependent bird species are the most rapidly declining North American birds. Luckily, diverse public/private partnerships have been formed to address the critical issue of declining habitat quality and quantity. Innovative approaches have been developed to define and deliver actions to protect, restore and enhance grassland habitats. Dan Casey will draw on his experience working on grassland bird habitats across four northern Great Plains states to explain these efforts, and the hope they may provide for such species as the Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit and Long-billed Curlew.
Dan recently retired from a 40-yr career in bird conservation, most recently serving as the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture Coordinator for Ducks Unlimited, working on grassland conservation out of Billings. A long-time Flathead Valley resident and co-author of “Birds of Montana”, Dan previously worked for American Bird Conservancy and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He currently serves on the Boards of Flathead Audubon, the Trumpeter Swan Society, Montana Bird Advocacy, and Wings in Nature. He and his wife Susannah live in Somers.
The in-person meeting will be at the United Way Community Room in the old Gateway West Mall in Kalispell. Additional meeting information will be posted later.