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June 2, 2018 - 3 P.M.
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Leonard Reitsma, Professor of Zoology at Plymouth State University, New Hampshire

Keynote Presentation Topic: Managing forests for sustained avian diversity and species with special conservation needs


About Professor Len Reitsma


Dr. Reitsma received his BS in Biology from William Paterson University in 1985 and his PhD. from Dartmouth College in 1990. He is an avian ecologist and has conducted research on bird populations since 1986. Dr. Reitsma has worked on American Redstarts, Black-throated Blue Warblers, Yellow-shouldered Blackbirds and Northern Waterthrushes in the Caribbean. In 2003, he started a continuous population study on Canada Warblers in Canaan, NH, his home town. Graduate students working with Dr. Reitsma are conducting research on the effects of wind turbines on Bicknell’s Thrush, the habitat selection of Whippoorwills, and the effects of different forestry practices on bird communities. In the coming year he will be working on biotic responses to watershed restoration in Ethiopia and migratory spatio-temporal patterns in the Swainson’s Thrush. All of his work is collaborative with either graduate and undergraduate students or colleagues. He enjoys his family, the outdoors, travel abroad and bird-watching. He also likes to play and listen to music of all types.