December Program Meeting – Arctic Bird Research


Photo Credit:  Jeff Johnson

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson

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.

Photo Credit:  Jeff Johnson

Photo Credit: Jeff Johnson


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