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Thursday, November 7, 2019

All day
Project Owlnet

Project Owlnet

Friday, October 25, 2019 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:30pm - 12:15am
Event Location
Reed Education Center

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is hosting a Project Owlnet site, part of a network of sites scattered throughout the US and Canada that track the migration and population changes of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

Advance Registration Required

Event Details

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is hosting a Project Owlnet site, part of a network of sites scattered throughout the US and Canada that track the migration and population changes of Northern Saw-whet Owls.

This is a VERY popular project. Please sign up for a MAXIMUM of 3 nights! We want to be able to offer the opportunity to as many people as possible.

Volunteers will assist with banding and measuring the owls. Volunteers will work from after sunset until approximately midnight. Volunteers ages 12+ are welcome (volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult). We can accommodate a maximum of 3 volunteers under the age of 16 per night. Please do not bring anyone with you that you don't include in the count for your party! Space is limited, so we are unable to accommodate extra people.

We prefer volunteers who can stay the whole time (until midnight). We may be able to accommodate volunteers who need to leave early. These decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. Please contact me if you have any questions. As a note, the number of owls tends to increase throughout the evening, so those who leave early may be less likely to see owls.

Please note that you may or may not see any owls on a given night. We have no way to predict the number or timing of owls, so there may be nights with no owls and there may be nights with lots. We have no way to know ahead of time.

This activity is highly weather dependent. We will have to cancel if there is rain or if there is a small craft advisory. If we have to cancel, I will email everyone who has signed up by 4PM.

Sampling may be canceled due to weather. Sampling start times for each evening will shift somewhat as days get shorter and with the end of daylight savings time. Specific start times will be sent the week before the event.

Contact Alison Cawood at cawooda@si.edu for questions.

How feasible are global forest restoration commitments?

How feasible are global forest restoration commitments?

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
Event Location
Schmidt Conference Center

Speaker: Dr. Matt Fagan (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)

Advance Registration Required

Event Details

Talk Summary:

Numerous countries have made voluntary commitments to conduct forest landscape restoration over millions of hectares of degraded land in the coming decade. We consider the relative likelihood these countries will achieve their restoration commitments. After controlling for existing forest and plantation area, we found that, across countries, the area committed to restoration was inversely related to development status, with less developed countries pledging more area. These massive restoration commitments will be challenging to meet without the wholesale transformation of food production systems. Furthermore, high rates of land cover change may reverse gains: a quarter of countries experienced recent deforestation and agricultural expansion that exceeded their restoration commitment area. The limited progress reported by countries, and the sheer scale of commitments, raises serious questions about long-term success, especially absent necessary monitoring and management plans.

Our Thursday morning seminars are free and open to the public. Because they are targeted towards a scientific audience, they are more technical than our monthly evening lectures. Our evening lectures will resume in January 2020. Find out more about our evening lecture series.

11:00AM - 12:00PM