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November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Ecosystem Management: How Plant Diversity Influences Bird Conservation (Online)

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Plant diversity across the landscape affects bird conservation and management in all ecosystems and regions. Join Natasza as she discusses the interaction of native plants and birds in the largest U.S. National Forest in the state of Florida, the Apalachicola National Forest. There are numerous natural community types throughout the National Forest with mesic flatwoods covering over 200, 000 acres. This talk will describe some of the unique plants and processes found in this beautiful mosaic landscape, and then focus on the relationship between vegetation structure, plant species composition, and avian diversity during fall, winter, and spring.

This program takes place online Thursday, November 11

About the Instructor:
Natasza Fontaine has volunteered at several conservation organizations, including NYC Audubon, and worked in the Herbarium department at the New York Botanical Garden. Her love of plants has always been deeply intertwined with her love of birds. This passion inspired her current thesis work at Florida State University on understanding the relationship between plant diversity and avian habitat associations. In addition, Natasza has a passion for behavioral bioacoustics and how bioacoustics are used to monitor biodiversity.

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