How will the changing climate affect the avian population of New England? Which species will fare the best and which the worst? You will find answers to these questions and more at Bird Populations and Climate Change, Thursday, June 10th at 7pm at Tin Mountain’s Nature Learning Center in Albany. This fascinating topic, presented by Dr. Nicholas Rodenhouse, Wellesley College, discuss the potential effects of climate change on birds of the Northeast as well as high-elevation birds, particularly the Bicknell’s thrush.  Dr. Rodenhouse also will analyze the effects of climate change on migratory birds and their habitat.        


Growing up on Lake Michigan, Dr. Rodenhouse spent most of his time exploring the outdoors, which eventually led him to a career in ecology.  A professor of biological sciences at Wellesley College, Dr. Rodenhouse has conducted research at New Hampshire’s Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest for over 20 years.  His areas of study include demography and ecology of migratory birds, particularly black-throated blue warblers.  However, he also has studied the common moorhen, as secretive wetland bird and the population dynamics of Mexican bean beetles. Outside of his research, Dr. Rodenhouse’s interests include restoring old audio speakers and listening to music, woodworking, photography, books and bookbinding, and the natural history of ecosystems around the world.


Dr. Rodenhouse’s presentation will provide a short background on the anticipated effects of climate change on the region the three approaches he has used to assess the potential effects of climate change on birds in the Northeast.  The first examines changes in bird distribution as habitats shift based upon climate, elevation, and tree species. The second assesses potential effects on high-elevation birds, especially Bicknell’s thrush, which may be particularly vulnerable to climate change. Finally, Dr. Rodenhouse will evaluate the manner in which habitat quality of a migratory songbird, the black-throated blue warbler might be affected by climate change.  He also will address uncertainties and limitations associated with each of the approaches.


If you are interested in the future of New Hampshire’s landscape, make sure you don’t miss this presentation!  Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s Nature Programs are sponsored in part by LL Bean and Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Donations of $3 per person and $5 per family are appreciated; members are free. For more information or for reservations, call 447-6991.