The December 15, 2014 Program Meeting of the Sierra Club Eagle View Group will feature Kurt Burnham, D. Phil, founder of the High Arctic Institute, presenting on Birds and Bergs: “24 years of Avian Research in Greenland”
Dr. Burnham will be presenting the highlights of his research on birds in northern Greenland. The presentation will include information on Gyrfalcons, Peregrine Falcons, and on a number of seabird and waterfowl species. Results of migration studies, nest surveys, and arctic adaption will be covered in addition to what effect climate change is having or likely will have on many of the species.
Kurt was born in Colorado and moved to Idaho at the age of nine. Kurt grew up in the outdoors and traveled extensively around the world, visiting various conservation and research projects throughout the third world with his father (former president of The Peregrine Fund, Dr. William Burnham). Kurt first visited Greenland in 1991 and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Albertson’s College of Idaho in 1997. Upon graduating Kurt began working for The Peregrine Fund managing their Greenland Project, and in 2003 was appointed as their Arctic Projects Director. In the fall of 2006 Kurt created the High Arctic Institute and in the spring of 2008 received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, with his research focusing on Peregrine and Gyrfalcon populations in Greenland. Kurt has conducted field research in Greenland every summer since 1991, spending nearly three combined years of his life in Greenland.
Join us at the Moline Public Library in the Bronze Room at 7PM on December 15, 2014.