Summer Lunch Series: Winter Storms and Wildlife with Cliff Shackelford

12 PM – 1 PM

Topic: Do winter weather storms like Uri cause high mortality in our state’s birdlife?  If not, what does?
Speaker: Cliff Shackelford

This presentation will look at the results of data obtained from an iNaturalist project on the impacts of winter storm Uri that descended on Texas in mid-Feb 2021.  Birds are built for cold weather and the discussion will include which species reportedly died due to extreme weather conditions during Uri.  We’ll look at past winter storms and any impacts they’ve had on our state’s avifauna plus investigate other causes of deaths that lead to declines in our birds.

Our speaker is a 7th generation Texan who began birding at the age of 9 in the late 1970s.  He has been the State Ornithologist at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for over two decades.  For the last eight years, he’s hosted a live radio show about birds on NPR’s Red River Radio that covers much of East Texas and parts of 3 other states.  In 2005, the book Hummingbirds of Texas that he co-authored was published by Texas A&M University Press.  For a decade starting in the late 1990s, Cliff taught two popular TAS courses when he lived in Austin:  Warbler Workshop and Intermediate Birding.  He and his family live in East Texas.

Throughout the summer, listen to speakers knowledgeable about birds and birding. We will have a different speaker most Thursdays at noon. All presentations will occur through Zoom Web Conferencing and registration is required for each meeting (and a suggested donation of $10 is encouraged).

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