Burrowing owls (Photo by Don Dabbs)

Burrowing owls (Photo by Don Dabbs)

Conservation Conversations - Where the Wild SAR are

Dispersal, migration and the effects they have on species-at-risk management

In light of the current situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and in an abundance of caution, all in-person events, including Conservation Volunteers, are postponed for the remainder of 2020. Watch this space for more information.

Monday, November 30, 2020
12 p.m. MST

Burrowing owl, ferruginous hawk, pronghorn, prairie rattlesnake and northern leopard frog have surprisingly more in common than you’d think. They all call the grasslands of Alberta home, they are species at risk and are monitored annually by biologists. They are suffering population declines, and they all undergo dispersal events throughout their lives. Is there a connection that ties all these facts together? Possibly. One theory is that migration and dispersal, movements that an individual takes at least once in their life, are related to these declines.

Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Morganne Wall as she uses burrowing owls as a case study to explore the impacts of individual migrations and our understanding of species-at-risk monitoring and conservation goals.

Space is limited

Reserve your spot today! Email alberta.rsvp@natureconservancy.ca

About the speaker

Morganne Wall (photo provided by Morganne Wall)Morganne Wall

Acting Natural Area Manager, Southeast Alberta
Nature Conservancy of Canada, Alberta Region

Morganne calls the grasslands of Alberta home. After leaving to attend school in both Lethbridge and Edmonton, she returned to Medicine Hat to work for the Nature Conservancy of Canada as the acting natural area manager for southeast Alberta. She will be presenting the information in this presentation to her colleagues at the University of Alberta this winter, where she will defend her master's of science thesis on dispersal in burrowing owls. 

Morganne loves working with species at risk, the habitats that they call home and the people who are working hard to protect them.


Please contact Kysha Moradel-Takaguchi, Development Officer

403.512.2851 | kysha.moradel@natureconservancy.ca

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