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The Effects of Climate and Land-use Change on Bird Populations

Birds are indicators of environmental change. And since birds have endured since the era of the dinosaur, they have witnessed a lot of change.

On Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., Dr. Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch will speak on "The Effects of Climate and Land-use Change on Bird Populations." The lecture will take place in Orange Hall Gallery where 130 artworks are on display in the "BIRDS: Enduring Feathered Creatures" exhibit. Dr. Maenza-Gmelch is a senior lecturer in Environmental Science and Teaching Lab Director at Barnard College. In addition, she is a palynologist, forest ecologist, and ornithologist, and an educator at the Black Rock Forest Consortium. She received her PhD from New York University.  Very recently, she played a very significant role in Black Rock Forest being included in the designation of "Important Bird Area" by the Audubon Society of New York.

"Bird populations around the world are threatened by changes in land-use and climate change. In this talk, the science behind these changes will be presented," and then Maenza-Gmelch continues "we will zoom in to local conservation examples in the Hudson Valley."  She will examine the meaning specifically of the newly designated "Hudson Highlands West Important Bird Area: Harriman and Sterling to Black Rock and Storm King, NY."

This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is the third in the series on birds being offered at SUNY Orange during September and October. Questions may be directed to  and (845) 341-4891. You may also check out the Cultural Affairs website at

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Cultural Affairs