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Salty Science Series: Great Salt Lake is for the birds!
Are you expecting a typical story about lake ecology? You may be disappointed as there is nothing typical about Great Salt Lake nor this time in Earth’s history. In a new book, lake experts partner to reframe and update our knowledge base, include unheard voices, and dispense with incomplete understandings about our unique lake. It is a time of change and reckoning. Join chapter authors in the Salty Science Series and discuss the future of Great Salt Lake from their lens.

Great Salt Lake is for the birds! Great Salt Lake provides food and habitat to over 10 million migratory birds represented by 338 species. How will a change in their environment affect them and are pelicans the peli-canary in the coal mine warning us that humans will follow? Panelists include Ashley Kijowski and John Neill (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources), Ella Sorensen (Audubon) and Mark Bell (USU graduate student) and will be moderated by GSLI coordinator Jaimi Butler.

The Salty Science Series is hosted by Great Salt Lake at Westminster College and will feature contributing authors in "Great Salt Lake Biology: a Terminal Lake in a Time of Change" in a series of 6 panel discussions. We hope that you will break out your inner nerd and have a lake themed dinner or drink ready to enjoy while you learn about the lake. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the night for the most creative food or libation. Jaimi’s dinner will be titled “Migration” and will include roasted bird with north arm (beet salad).

Don't worry if you cannot make this (virtually) in person, as they will be recorded and available. when you have time.
Other Webinars:
Water and Humans at GSL (watch here: https://youtu.be/hiI8DfjsHF8)
December 17, 2020: Herpetofauna and Mercury Issues at Great Salt Lake
January 21, 2021: Plants of Great Salt Lake
January 28, 2021: Am I on Mars or Great Salt Lake?
February 11, 2021: Macroinvertebrates and Microbialites.

Dec 3, 2020 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Ella Sorensen
@National Audubon Society
Ella Sorensen has had a long time interest in shorebirds. Since 1994, she has worked for National Audubon Society overseeing all aspects of creating the Gillmor Sanctuary on the south shore of GSL. The sanctuary focuses on shorebirds and their mudflat and shallow water habitats. She was the UDOT Legacy Nature Preserve Lead 1999 – 2004. She co-organized two Shorebird Symposiums for wetland managers, agencies, and others interested in shorebirds. She co-authored Utah Birds: Revised Bird Checklist published in 1985 by Utah Museum of Natural History with the late Dr. William Behle. Her writing includes the book Seductive Beauty of Great Salt Lake with photographer John George, a monthly bird feature column for fifteen years in the Salt Lake Tribune. Her articles have appeared in Bird Watchers Digest, Audubon, Birding, and Winging It, and many more. She currently serves as a member of the Tracy Aviary Science and Conservation Committee and the Great Salt Lake Technical Team.
Ashley Kijowski
Wildlife Biologist @Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program
Ashley Kijowski is a Wildlife Biologist at the Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program within the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. In her position, she is a part of a team that manages the commercial brine shrimp fishery to ensure parity among harvesters and control the harvest to ensure ecosystem needs are met. She is a past Board member of Friends of Great Salt Lake and recently authored a chapter in 2020’s Great Salt Lake Biology: A Terminal Lake in a Time of Change. She has a B.S. from Illinois State University in Biology and Environmental Science and an M.S. from the University of South Dakota in Ecology with a focus on invertebrate community ecology and conservation.
Mark Bell
PhD student @Utah State University
Mark has always had at least one foot in the outdoors. Growing up with an outdoorsman father and grandfather he has always enjoyed learning about, and observing, wildlife. His love and appreciation for wildlife is ever increasing as he learns and experiences more in the field of wildlife ecology. In 2019 he began his PhD in ecology at Utah State University. Since then he has worked exclusively studying birds who seasonally rely on the wetlands surrounding Great Salt Lake, Utah. Most of his work has focused on ducks that use the freshwater impoundments surrounding the lake for nesting and brood rearing, as well as, Eared Grebes that nest in the same impoundments and stage on the pelagic regions of the lake before winter migration.