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General Membership Meeting with George Divoky

September 25 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

General Membership Meeting with George Divoky

Four Decades of Change: An Arctic Seabird Struggles to Survive in a Warming World

Every summer since 1975, George Divoky has conducted research on Mandt’s black guillemot on Cooper Island off the coast of northern Alaska. Studying these birds has largely been a solitary venture for George. While the discovery and initial years of the study were part of governmental research related to oil development in northern Alaska, for the past four decades the work has been conducted with occasional grants and much personal dedication. 

Long-term studies, such as George’s, rarely can be conducted by the government, which typically focuses on immediate agency needs. Yet it is precisely this type of extended data set that is needed to monitor the long-term cycles and trends related to climate change and other atmospheric variation. The Arctic has experienced unprecedented warming in the last four decades and Divoky’s research documents how the resulting melt of snow and ice has affected a seabird population.  His study provides clear evidence of the reality of climate change along with detailed insights into the lives of birds coping with a rapidly changing environment. 

George Divoky is the founder of Friends of Cooper Island and serves as its director in collaboration with a governing board. George has been studying seabirds in Arctic Alaska since 1970 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Please join us for an evening of research stories and amazing photos in the remote Arctic!

Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:

September 25th, 7pm   

Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room

free & open to the public!

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Date:
September 25
Time:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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