Oil development’s effect on birds is topic at next Audubon meeting

Hannah Specht will speak about the effects of oil and gas development on birds at the November St. Paul Audubon Society meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at Fairview Community Center, 1910 W. County Road B, Roseville.

Specht is a candidate in the University of Minnesota’s conservation biology graduate program.

The increasing development of hydrocarbon resources has impacted wildlife in North America across boreal, sage-steppe, grassland and deciduous forest ecosystems. Specht will provide an overview of how it is affecting different guilds of birds, provide examples of how this information is being used in regulation and mitigation, and how it has raised concerns in other areas.

The Audubon event is open to the public. A social time with refreshments begins at 6:45 p.m.

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