Event: We Are Sauk Prairie Program: Baraboo Hills Birds & Resilient Habitat

We Are Sauk Prairie Program: Baraboo Hills Birds & Resilient Habitat

Join the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance for its third “We Are Sauk Prairie” program this fall on November 15th featuring Maia Persche sharing results of her research on birds of the Baraboo Hills and their “resilient forest habitat.”

What:  Resilient habitat for forest birds: the role of topography (Baraboo Hills) in moderating the pace of spring phenology

Who: Maia Persche, graduate student in the SILVIS Lab at UW-Madison, Department of Foret and Wildlife Ecology

When: Thursday, November 15, 6:30pm

Where: Ruth Culver Community Library, 540 Water Street, Prairie du Sac

The Baraboo Hills and the Driftless Area have been identified as landscapes that may be resilient to the effects of climate change because their complex topography and habitat connectivity may provide a refuge for a diversity of species in the coming decades. But what does this mean for the forest songbirds that rely on this habitat? Small scale variations in topography can influence the pace of spring tree leaf-out, the seasonality of invertebrates, and ultimately the quality of habitat available to forest birds. Drawing from two summers of fieldwork, Maia will describe how her research suggests that the Baraboo Hills could be a stronghold for bird species in the future.

The We Are Sauk Prairie lecture series is sponsored by a grant from Alliant Energy Foundation.