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"Birds and Wildlife in America's Last Frontier—Alaska"
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Dr.
Social Time: 7 p.m.; Program 7:20 p.m.
Red-throated loon photo submitted by Andrew Bankert
With nearly constant daylight in the summer, Alaska is filled with birdlife across the vast wilderness that covers most of the state. Local birder Andy Bankert will show photos, tell stories, and highlight conservation issues about the birds and wildlife in America's "Last Frontier". Andy will explore with us the scenic glacial bays at the northern extent of the Northern Pacific Rainforest to the barren tundra on the Arctic Plains to the permanently snow-covered peaks dotting the middle of the state out to the remote islands in the Bering Sea.
Andy currently works as a Field Ornithologist for Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, but he has spent four summers working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service across Alaska. His work included studying shorebird breeding demography on the state's North Slope, monitoring the recovery of Prince William Sound decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and surveying for seabirds in the Bering Sea. These jobs gave him up-close exposure to parts of the world that few people ever get to see.