Monitoring Avian Habitat Use, Monte Verde, Costa Rica

    • April 25, 2017 07:15pm - 09:00pm
    • Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder

    MSU Professor, Dr. Christy Carello and Students

    Costa Rica is the only country in Latin America that is adding forest, with a strong history of protecting natural resources for both its intrinsic value and because tourism is a large part of the economy. Seven organizations in Costa Rica developed the Bellbird Biological Corridor in order to link the upper cloud forest to the coastal region through protection of existing habitat and reclamation agricultural land. We have traveled to the region to document the use of migratory and resident birds in reclaimed cattle pasture and coffee plantations. We conducted point counts and mist-netting in these reclaimed areas as well as a reference forest. We will present our study objectives and preliminary results. In addition, we will show many images of the fabulous species we encountered and discuss some of the challenges working in the neotropics. Dr. Carello will present this program with three of her biology students, Vinson Turco, Stacy Fuller and Kevin Dykstra.

    Christy Carello, Ph.D.

    Dr. Carello earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz and her Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently a professor in the Department of Biology at the Metropolitan State University of Denver where she teaches courses in General Biology, Conservation Biology, Ecology and Ornithology. She serves on the Colorado Field Ornithologist Board of Directors.

    This program is free and open to the public.

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