Temple Ambler EarthFest and Audubon Pennsylvania are partnering to address the critical issue of bird/window collisions.
The keynote speaker for the program — Bird Strikes: Global Research, Local Solutions — will be Dr. Daniel Klem, the Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, who has studied the threat that sheet glass and plastic pose to bird for 45 years. Dr. Klem, who will speak about international research efforts to prevent bird collisions, has estimated that between 100 million and as many as one billion birds in the United States alone are killed annually by flying into windows.
Following the keynote address, Dr. Klem will join a panel of Temple University and regional experts to discuss local solutions and practical steps residents can take to protect area bird species and migratory birds. Panelists will include: Cindy Ahern, Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, Temple University; Robert Kuper, RLA. ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Temple University; Keith Russell, Program Manager for Urban Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania; and Peter Saenger, President, Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and assistant to Dr. Klem, Acopian Center for Ornithology, Muhlenberg College. The moderator will be Leigh Altadonna, President, Wyncote Audubon Society.
This special event is being held in coordination with numerous conservation organizations in the region.