Madison Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting
TIME: 7:00 pm
The Madison Land Conservation Trust will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in Memorial Town Hall. The keynote speaker will be Alyssa Borowske, of the University of Connecticut. Her topic is "A Tale of Two Sparrows: Life and Threats in the Salt Marsh."
Tidal marsh sparrows are uniquely adapted to living in coastal marshes. There, they take advantage of abundant food and relatively little competition from other species, yet must contend with high salinity and daily and monthly tidal fluxes. While this unique environment has shaped the daily lives and annual cycles of its avian inhabitants, issues affecting coastal marshes, such as development, invasive species, and climate change also threaten the species that rely upon these ecosystems. This talk will focus on the ecology of Saltmarsh and Seaside sparrows--two species that breed in Connecticut's tidal marshes--and the conservation issues facing them.
Growing up in Vermont, Alyssa became interested in birds and environmental issues at a young age. She graduated from Cornell College, in Mt Vernon, Iowa, before spending a year in New Zealand on a Fulbright Fellowship. Alyssa is now in her fourth year as a PhD candidate at the University of Connecticut. She spends most of her days slogging around the marshes of Connecticut and South Carolina, catching Saltmarsh and Seaside sparrows for her dissertation project on sparrow ecology throughout the annual cycle. Her study areas include land trust property in Madison.
Memorial Town Hall
Madison , CT 06443
203 421 4465