Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Given the vast amounts of time and energy poured into the issue of bird strikes at the Brooks Family YMCA, few talks could be more topical than the upcoming March one.
Daniel Klem, Jr., both Professor of Biology and Sarkis Acopian Professor of Ornithology and Conservation Biology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA., will give what promises to be a grim but also hopeful presentation on the dangers to bird populations posed by the inescapable
feature of 21st century life that is modern architecture, with its vast array of plate glass windows.
Noting estimates that one billion birds die each year in the U.S. alone from these strikes, Dr. Klem has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to minimize these horrendous losses. He is considered to be
the foremost expert on window strikes, and his research has resulted in U.S. patents for new films and windows that make use of ultraviolet (UV) signals. Both new construction techniques and the retrofitting of older windows for greater bird safety have benefitted from his efforts. As well, Dr. Klem has co-authored books on the birds of Armenia and for over four decades has researched and taught about numerous other avian subjects. If anything qualifies as a timely presentation, this one does.