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The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas Project

Naturalist Nights 2017 | Lynn Wickersham

The Second Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas book, published in 2016, presents comparative data for 262 breeding bird species in Colorado. When repeated at regular intervals, breeding bird atlases can detect changes in avian species distribution, phenology, and habitat use over time and may serve as important components of large-scale bird conservation strategies. The second publication marked a 20-year interval from the first Colorado Breeding Bird Atlas, documenting current species distribution, habitat use, and phenology. Lynn Wickersham, who coordinated and helped author and edit the publication, will share insights into the project. Lynn will also discuss resulting data, which points to possible range expansions for some species, range contractions for others, and discusses current threats and other conservation concerns for Colorado’s diverse avifauna.

Lynn Wickersham has over 15 years of experience as an Avian Ecologist with an emphasis on conservation of Neotropical migratory birds. She has worked across nonprofit, academic, and for-profit settings conducting original avian research and extensive surveys and habitat evaluations for Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive species. She has procured hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants and government contracts for avian studies, and she has extensive experience with field research. Lynn holds a Master Bird Banding Permit and has over 10 years of experience handling and banding passerines and near passerines. Her most distinguished professional accomplishment, Lynn successfully coordinated Colorado’s second state-wide Breeding Bird Atlas and served as author and technical editor for the 744-page publication.

Naturalist Nights are brought to you through a partnership between Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, Wilderness Workshop, and Roaring Fork Audubon.

Thanks to our 2017 community sponsors for making it possible to film the Naturalist Nights series.

Lynn Wickersham, Research Associate, Fort Lewis College

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