Temple Ambler EarthFest Presents: Bird Strikes — Global Research, Local Solutions

Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m., Temple University Ambler, Learning Center Auditorium, 580 Meetinghouse Road, Ambler PA 19002
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Temple Ambler EarthFest and Audubon Pennsylvania are partnering to address the critical issue of bird/window collisions. The keynote speaker for the program — Bird Strikes: Global Research, Local Solutions — will be Dr. Daniel Klem, the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who has studied the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to bird for 45 years. Dr. Klem, who will speak about international research efforts to prevent bird collisions, has estimated that between 100 million and as many as one billion birds in the United States alone are killed annually by flying into windows. Following the keynote address, Dr. Klem will join a panel of Temple University and regional experts to discuss local solutions and practical steps residents can take to protect area bird species and migratory birds. Panelists will include: Cindy Ahern, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, Temple University; Robert Kuper, RLA. ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Temple University; Keith Russell, Program Manager for Urban Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania; and Peter Saenger, President, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and assistant to Dr. Klem, Acopian Center for Ornithology, Muhlenberg College. The moderator will be Leigh Altadonna, President, Wyncote Audubon Society. This special event is being held in coordination with numerous conservation organizations in the region. Learn more and register for the event online. Information: 267-468-8108 or duffyj@temple.edu.

About the Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Daniel Klem, Jr, PhD, D.SC., is the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
Among other diverse avian investigations, he has studied, written and taught about the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to birds for more than four decades. No other scientist has comprehensively studied and published research results documenting and preventing the lethal threat that human structures pose to birds.
In his 1990 paper “Collisions between birds and windows: mortality and prevention,” he calculated that between 100 million and 1 billion birds in the U.S. alone are killed annually by flying into windows.”
His research has influenced the design of buildings, including the Niagara Falls State Park Observation Tower, on which he was a consultant. He holds several US patents relating to window design to protect birds.
He is motivated by available and growing evidence that bird-building collisions are an important wildlife conservation, building industry and animal welfare issue for birds and people worldwide.

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