Umpqua Valley Audubon Society and the Roseburg Public Library jointly presented “Dark Skies” as a community Facebook Live event on April 14, 2022. The focus of the event was the importance of darkness for nocturnal wildlife and migrating birds that use stars to navigate. Earth’s overabundance of light at night has dire ecological consequences for plants, birds, fish and other wildlife. Human health, safety and culture also have been negatively impacted.
The program had 56 views between the live event and those who viewed it via Facebook Live immediately after the event. If you missed it, the recorded program may be viewed at https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/EoweiqtQeeZwdg3B9uBjpyUBAqT2Kt4uGlXzPBEoYBS3eLnj_5nAfODxxEL5Eow.ZnAjBhVv4YWftbTw using the Passcode: E+883f@d
Program presenter Mary Coolidge, who is Portland Audubon’s BirdSafe and Lights Out campaign coordinator, began dark sky preservation and advocacy work after studying bird window collisions and factors such as light pollution that contribute to this critical conservation issue.
Umpqua Community College Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Paul Morgan, who is also a member of the Umpqua Astronomers, followd up with commentary on local dark skies, light pollution and astronomy in the Umpqua Valley.