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Although tropical forest destruction dominates the news, efforts to restore tropical forests are accelerating around the world. In Central America, forests provide crucial ecosystem services and benefits including erosion control, CO2 trapping, ecotourism, and habitat for many animals including birds that migrate to the United States such as tanagers. Dr. Roels will share the story of dramatic and rapid recovery of bird communities in response to reforestation efforts in Panama focusing on tanagers.

About the speaker: Dr. Steve Roels is a conservation biologist and restoration ecologist currently working as Senior Natural Resource Specialist for the City of Louisville, Colorado. He earned his M.A. from the University of Kansas in 2011 and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2018. He has conducted field research in Michigan, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Vietnam, and Panama. His scientific work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Restoration Ecology; Avian Conservation and Ecology; and Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.

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A Man, a Restoration Plan, a Tanager: Panama



Sunday, July 25, 2021
1:00 pm–2:00 pm



Ongoing Event, Colorado,