Atlanta Bird Fest 2017
Registration Now Open!
Atlanta Bird Fest is back for 2017 with even more exclusive field trips, workshops, and other events. This year's Atlanta Bird Fest will run from April 15 through May 14. Registration is now open!
Visit the Atlanta Bird Fest page for more information and a sneak peek at what we're planning!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available: Please contact Michelle Hamner, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about sponsoring Atlanta Bird Fest 2017.
Sunday, March 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM
The Chernobyl Power Plant explosion in Ukraine in 1986 is considered the worst nuclear accident in human history. In response, the soviet government established the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ) around the nuclear reactor and displaced all humans living within the region. However, no measures were taken to exclude wildlife, and many species have continued to persist in the area since the time of the accident. Currently, very little is known about these wildlife populations, especially how chronic radiation exposure inside the CEZ may be affecting their survival and abundance. Sarah Webster and her colleagues conducted research to assess the populations of medium and large predators within the CEZ using several different approaches. They use remote camera surveys, GPS collars, scat surveys, and biological samples to create a scientifically cohesive picture of how these species have been able to persist in this contaminated landscape in the decades since the accident.