Gone Missing: 3 Billion Birds

by | Feb 25, 2020 | Advocacy, Audubon News, Conservation


Gone Missing: 3 Billion Birds, Presentation and Panel Discussion on SATURDAY, MARCH 7th from 2 – 5 p.m. at Stockton University in the Alton Auditorium, sponsored by Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with New Jersey Audubon A recent study sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology revealed that almost 3,000,000 birds have been lost from North America since 1970. In addition, the National Audubon Society issued a report on birds and climate change estimating that 2/3 of the continent’s birds are at risk of extinction if global temperatures continue to rise. To address these issues, the Friends of Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and New Jersey Audubon are partnering to present a panel discussion that endeavors to educate and inform the public about this biodiversity crisis. Join six experts in the birding field on March 7, 2020, at Stockton University, Alton Auditorium, for Gone Missing: 3 Billion Birds. This event is free and open to the general public. Doors will open at 2 p.m.

These reports are a wake-up call to all of us that there is a widespread ecological crisis, and a need to inform the public about what widespread conservation efforts, community science and individual actions are necessary reverse this trend.

Adriaan Doktor, PhD, from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, one of the co-authors, will provide a summary of the recent report from Science: Decline of the North American avifauna. Other panelists include John Cecil (New Jersey Audubon), Dr. Emile DeVito (New Jersey Conservation Foundation), Virginia Rettig (Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge), Joshua Gant (Ocean County Parks and Recreation), and Linda Widdop (Delaware Valley Ornithological Society).

Panelists will discuss why bird populations continue to decline, what birds are being affected, efforts to track the remaining bird populations, the effects of bird loss on biodiversity in North America and the world, and offer actions that people can do to help stem this decline. The audience will be invited to
participate by asking questions to the panelists.

This informative event will take place on March 7, 2020, at the Alton Auditorium, located in A Wing of Stockton University, 101 Vera King Farris Road, Galloway, NJ. Attendees should park in Lot #1. Seating is limited; you can reserve your seat by going to: www.eventbrite.com/Gone Missing.

Media are invited to cover the event.

About the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge: The Refuge protects over 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats managed for migratory birds. The refuge’s location on the Atlantic Flyway’s most active flight path makes it an important link for the protection of this region, which encompasses some of the hemisphere’s most productive ecosystems including beaches, forests and coastal wetland.

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About the Friends of Forsythe NWR: A non-profit group established in 1998 to provide support and services to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge through a variety of projects and activities. The Friends also help to preserve and enhance the wildlife habitat at the Refuge and assists the Refuge with educational and supportive efforts.

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About New Jersey Audubon: A privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, New Jersey
Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey’s communitys; protects New Jersey’s birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey’s valuable natural habitats.

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