Lights Out: Safer Skies for Migrating Birds

August 3, 2022 Chapter Meeting

Lights Out: Safer Skies for Migrating Birds

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Indigo Bunting breeding adult male. Photo: Julie Torkomian/Audubon Photography Awards

Indigo Bunting – breeding adult male. Photo: Julie Torkomian/Audubon Photography Awards

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, our speakers, Yvette Stewart and Tania Homayoun, will discuss biological and design factors associated with artificial light at night and bird-building collision. Learn how you can take action in your home and community to make our skies safer for migrating birds. Artificial light at night creates serious challenges to migrating birds, increasing their risk of collision with buildings and glass, a significant cause of death to native birds in the United States. This presentation will introduce this challenging issue and why it matters to bird conservation, focusing on what we’ve learned through research and monitoring efforts.

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6:30 Camera Roll and Socializing
7:00 Introduction and Announcements
7:20 Featured Presentation
8:45 Adjournment

Join us at Dallas College Brookhaven Campus, Building H, Room 125. Campus map. See Covid protocol, below. Or participate via Zoom — register here. (If you are attending in person, you don’t need to register for Zoom.)

Our Speakers

Yvette Stewart has been with Audubon Texas since 2018 and currently leads two statewide programs: Audubon’s Conservation Leaders for Young Women and Bird City Texas. Bird City Texas, a partnership between Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Audubon Texas, launched in 2019. As the coordinator for the program, Stewart helps communities understand the application requirements, promotes the benefits to the program to interested communities, and engages with communities after certification. Yvette has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island and her Master’s degree in Education from University of Texas.

Yvette Stewart holding peregrine falcon

Yvette Stewart with a Peregrine Falcon

Dr. Tania Homayoun is a conservation biologist working for Texas Parks and Wildlife with the Texas Nature Trackers program.
Before joining TPWD, Dr. Homayoun worked for several years for Audubon Texas as the Urban Conservation Program Manager on the Conservation Science team and at Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center. Tania holds bachelor’s degrees in Ecology/Evolution/Conservation Biology and Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Philosophy in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Homayoun observing a sunflower

Dr. Tania Homayoun Photo Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell, Austin American Statesman


Camera Roll

As usual, show up or tune in between 6:30 and 7 pm for an array of photos by TMNs. Send your favorite photos to the Camera Roll.

Covid Protocol

Please participate at the level you’re comfortable. We’re excited to meet in person, but we don’t take this decision lightly. We expect all attendees to consider the health and well-being of their fellow attendees and comply with all policies. MASKS are required at Dallas College in accordance with the Dallas County Risk Level Red. The room will be set to allow for SOCIAL DISTANCING (4 people per table for maximum capacity of 100).
HAND SANITIZER will be available. Food and drinks will not be provided, but you may bring your own and share with others if desired.

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