Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and Los Alamos Creative District on Monday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. for a virtual Nature On Tap about the recent avian mortality event in New Mexico. Jon Hayes, Executive Director of Audubon Southwest, will lead this discussion. The event will take place via Zoom and registration is required at peecnature.org/events to receive the meeting link and password.
In mid-August and early September, many dead birds were found across the state of New Mexico. According to the New Mexico Department of Game & Fish, the majority of birds recovered were migratory songbirds, like warblers and swallows. Birders and scientists quickly hypothesized about the cause of this massive die-off. Some thought that the dry, hot summer and wildfires the Southwest experienced might have been the cause, while others believe that the cold snap in early September caused the birds to die of hypothermia. Though this event is still being researched, Hayes will explore the scope and scale of the event, the likely causes and the impact on bird populations and bird conservation efforts in our state during this talk.
Nature On Tap is a quarterly collaboration between PEEC and the Los Alamos Creative District. The Creative District also hosts Science, Culture and History On Tap with the Los Alamos History Museum and Bradbury Science Museum. Learn more at creativelosalamos.com.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. The Los Alamos Nature Center is currently closed due to COVID-19, but there are many ways to learn about nature and interact with PEEC online. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.