Umpqua Valley Audubon presents: Song and Life of the Purple Martin in the Umpqua Valley

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 PM;  Roseburg Public Library

Presenter Elizabeth (“Liz”) Gayner is a Wildlife Biologist with the USDI, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Roseburg, Oregon. She has been with the BLM for over 26 years, specializing in birds.

Liz will discuss the natural history of the species, compare the PNW subspecies to subspecies east of the Rockies (mostly all nest in manmade housing whereas our western subspecies rely mostly on natural cavities still – which we want to keep it that way), and then focus on how we band young and check the gourds on NBHMA and the results from those banding efforts.

As far back as she can remember, Liz always loved and wanted to work with animals. She earned a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology at UC Davis and the day after completing her last final of her formal education, she ventured off to the east coast to work for Wildlife International Ltd where she discovered an energetic passion for birds. A few years later, Liz settled in Roseburg in 1995 and began her career with the BLM shortly thereafter. Although she has worked with a variety of critters throughout her career, her passion continues to lie with birds and has worked with peregrine falcons, eagles, spotted owls, marbled murrelets, and many species of songbirds. Outside of her profession, she is an avid bird watcher and a published wildlife artist.

This event and many other UVAS opportunities are made possible by a donation in memory of Anna Slemmer, who was an environmentalist and ardent supporter of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society.