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(Members Only) Virtual Meeting – London is a Bird-Friendly City: Now What?
Friday, October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
(NATURE LONDON MEMBERS ONLY)
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In 2021, the City of London became certified as one of the first four municipalities in Canada to earn the title of Bird Friendly City under Nature Canada’s program by the same name. London achieved the “High” level certification, a testament to the immense amount of work completed by groups such as Nature London to protect bird habitat and educate the public about bird conservation. Where does London go from here? In this presentation, Brendon Samuels, the Coordinator for the London Bird Team, will discuss what went into London’s application to become certified, provide an overview of what the Bird Team is working on to help conserve birds in London, will describe ways that Nature London members can support the work of the London Bird Team. Brendon’s presentation will touch on solutions for issues that threaten birds and identify areas where London can go further to address leading threats. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of the ecological functions that birds provide, reflecting on their importance to biodiversity and ecosystems here in London and along their migratory journeys abroad.
Brendon Samuels is a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology at Western University. Working out of the Advanced Facility for Avian Research, Brendon’s research is about understanding factors that contribute to the risk of bird-window collisions and developing methods to test the effectiveness of collision deterrent technologies. Brendon serves the London community in several capacities, acting as the Coordinator for the London Bird Team under Nature Canada, the Sustainability Coordinator for the Society of Graduate Students at Western University, as a volunteer for Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) Canada, as a volunteer for Nature London’s Chimney Swift monitoring program, and as a member of the City of London’s Environmental and Ecological Planning Advisory Committee. Brendon is passionate about conserving biodiversity and engaging with the public and decision makers to share information about the intersections between the built and natural environment.