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Naturalist Nights: Three Billion Birds Lost: the State of our Birds and How We Get Them Back with Arvind Panjabi

This event was recorded on March 9, 2022 as part of the 2022 Winter Naturalist Nights Series, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

What can we do to bring back our birds and save the planet? Arvind Panjabi provides a synopsis of the state of our bird populations, both locally and continentally, and talks about the loss of 3 billion birds over the last half-century.

Panjabi speaks about the massive die-off of migrants in Colorado in 2020 and the impact it has on populations. In addition, Panjabi highlights initiatives underway at the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies and other organizations to address various conservation challenges at local, national and international scales.

Each winter,Wilderness Workshop, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), andRoaring Fork Audubon partner to co-host the popular Naturalist Nights speaker series; nature specialists from around the country were invited to talk about their studies for a special opportunity to inform the public on the nature around us, and give insight into the science that can potentially affect the way that we interact with our environment.

Arvind Panjabi is a Senior Research Scientist at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies where he works to conserve the birds of western North America through science, education and stewardship. He has spent much of his 21-year career at Bird Conservancy developing partnerships, local capacity and the science to advance bird conservation in Latin America, especially in the grasslands of northern Mexico. He has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on the ecology and conservation of North American birds, including the landmark paper on the Decline of the North American Avifauna in Science in 2019. Arvind also works closely with Partners in Flight to identify and coordinate bird conservation priorities among wildlife agencies and organizations across North America. When not in the field, office or traveling, Arvind enjoys watching birds, playing music, and camping with his wife Susan and two teenage boys.