Monthly Meetings

 

Join us for our free monthly meetings every 4th Sunday of the month at Manuel's Tavern located  at 602 N. Highland Ave., NE., Atlanta, 30307. Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us! Free parking is readily available to the south of the building. Food and drink are available for purchase.  


 

February Monthly Meeting: Bob Jensen from Chocolay Raptor Center, Marquette, Michigan

 

Sunday, February 26, 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Manuel’s Tavern

 

Bob Jensen from the Chocolay Raptor Center (CRC) of Marquette, Michigan, will talk about raptors in the far north. Based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on Lake Superior, the center rescues, rehabilitates, and releases sick and injured predators. The presentation will focus on falcons, hawks, owls, and eagles, their northern environment, and the problems they face.

 

Bob Jensen was born in Minnesota and has lived in Pennsylvania, California, Indiana, Illinois, Singapore, Tokyo, Fargo and now, Marquette, MI. He spent his working career in aviation, his last 21 years as an airline regulator with the Federal Aviation Administration. He feels he is still involved in aviation; just a different phase. He also volunteers at the local Mediation Center and works on local stream conservation projects with Trout Unlimited.

 

Bob co-founded the Chocolay Raptor Center (CRC) with Jerry Maynard in 2012 and are now in their fifth year of rescuing raptors. The CRC’s primary mission is education. To that end, 95 education programs were completed in 2016, reaching approximately 3,000 kids and 2,000 adults. 


 

March Monthly Meeting: Studying Wildlife Abundance in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone with Sarah Webster 

Sunday, March 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Manuel’s Tavern

 

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.

 

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Sarah Webster grew up spending as much time outside as her parents would allow. After realizing her passion for enjoying and conserving nature, she decided to pursue a career in wildlife conservation and management. Sarah received bachelor degrees from Virginia Tech before coming to work at University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab in 2012. She eventually enrolled as a graduate student at UGA and received her Master of Science degree in 2016.  Her research interests are primarily in predator population biology. She has worked on several different research projects throughout her career including, coyote population ecology in the Appalachian Mountains, population biology of carnivores in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, jaguar abundance in Belize, and bat conservation and monitoring in New Jersey. She is currently pursuing a PhD at UGA investigating the population dynamics and potential competition between carnivore species in the southeast.