Comox Valley Nature is pleased to host the following free online lecture:
Title: Amphibian Populations in the Old-growth Microclimates of British Columbia
Speaker: Mark Thompson
Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT
This webinar is facilitated by the Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists and is open to the public (see the registration link below).
Globally, amphibians are declining at an alarming rate, yet few are listed. North America has lost over 85% of its wetlands, and agriculture and secondary growth conversion is extensive. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists 35 extinct species, 146 possibly extinct species, two extinct in the wild species (known only by living members kept in captivity). Are microclimates saving amphibians? Are remnant patches of old-growth sufficient for their continued survival? The presentation will address these questions.
About the speaker
Mark Thompson is an adjunct professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, a professional biologist, and an ecologist at EcoLogic Consultants Ltd. His expertise lies in herpetology and landscape ecology, with a focus on population concepts. Mark has managed numerous research projects involving amphibians, wetlands, and wildlife generally (e.g., caribou, polar bears, and marmots). He works in both field and office on issues concerning wildlife management in terrestrial and aquatic environments. He is committed to aligning his work with First Nations in conservation science.
“Seating capacity” for the talk is limited, and you need to register in advance. You can check the computer requirements for attendees here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the webinar.
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Although CVN lectures are free, donations of any size from non-members who attend are always appreciated ($4.00 is suggested).