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.
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.
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.
Sunday, April 23 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Jim Ferrari, Professor of Biology at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, will join us for our April Monthly Meeting to discuss "Seasonality and Flight Behavior of Vultures in Georgia." Vultures play an important role in Georgia ecosystems as they consume roadkill, recycle elements, and suppress the spread of disease. In this talk, Jim will address a number of questions: what kinds of vultures do we have in Georgia? Do they migrate, and if so, when? What are the social dynamics of our two vulture species, and how is this reflected in their flocking and flight behavior? Join us for this social and casual afternoon talk.