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Guest Speaker: Dr. Liz Smith, International Crane Foundation

Saturday, February 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Liz Smith, Director of North America Programs, International Crane Foundation

Presentation: A Long and Narrow Flyway: Whooping Cranes and their Trans-Continental Range Challenges

Whooping Cranes are the rarest species of crane in the world, declining to only 16 birds in 1941 in North America. One of the first species registered on the Endangered Species List in 1972, their numbers have increased to over 500 in the last naturally wild population. These cranes migrate 2500 miles each spring and fall between Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada, and Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, Texas. Their narrow migration corridor is less than 200 miles wide and encompasses three Provinces and six states through North America. To develop conservation recovery strategies in the migration corridor, many key questions should be addressed: how long does migration take, where do they stop each night, how many fly together, what are the hazards and challenges. Join us as we “migrate” with the Whooping Cranes and discover how we can help ensure that this iconic species continues to recover.

Bio: Dr. Liz Smith is a native Texan and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees at Corpus Christi State University and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in the biological sciences. Dr. Smith served as a Research Scientist at the Center for Coastal Studies, Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi for 17 years, prior to joining the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in 2011. She developed the Texas Whooping Crane Program with the goal to increase our involvement in applied research and stakeholder leadership in Texas and now serves as North America Program Director and Texas Program leader. Whooping Crane relies on large expanses of quality coastal habitat each winter within an around Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The continued protection efforts by all our partners along Texas coast plays an integral role in the recovery of this federally endangered species.

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Date:
Saturday, February 22
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Venue

First Baptist Church
200 N. Station St.
Port Aransas, Texas 78373
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