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In this presentation, Mike Burger will provide an overview of current regional bird conservation priorities and needs, followed by examples of ways that birders can contribute to conservation efforts and help sustain bird populations, from bird monitoring to political advocacy to flexing their economic muscles and more.

Mike is Audubon New York’s Director of Conservation and Science, responsible for providing a science-based foundation for the organization’s programs. He oversees a department that leads Audubon’s efforts to identify and protect Important Bird Areas, improve management of public and private grasslands, shrublands, and forests, and monitor and steward coastal birds.

Additionally, Mike helps coordinate Audubon’s Atlantic Flyway, which is a framework for increased collaboration and full life-cycle conservation across Audubon’s network from Maine to Florida and throughout the hemisphere. Mike holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. He has lived in Ithaca with his wife and two daughters since 2000.  Of local interest: Mike’s wife grew up in Fairport and their older daughter is in her junior year at the University of Rochester.

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