6 – 6:30 pm
Eastern Sierra Audubon Society & California Native Plant Society Announcements
6:30 – 7:30 pm
A Mosaic for Re-Wilding Damaged Landscapes: Climate Refugium, Forests, and Birds
Presented by: Deanna Dulen
What are the possibilities of re-wilding lost and degraded habitats ravaged by climate change, such as areas devastated by intense mega-fires? This presentation will focus on climate refugia and the emerging field of fire recovery science, as well as some of the experimental and collaborative efforts using birds to restore lost forests.
A little background on Deanna:
Deanna retired in June 2020 after a 37-year career as a civil servant. She served as Superintendent at Devils Postpile National Monument since 2000. During her tenure she contributed leadership in resource stewardship and climate change adaptation with a focus on climate refugia research, and fire and fuels management. Deanna worked as the first Director of the Mono Basin Scenic Area Visitor Center for 10 years developing interpretive and science communications programs and exhibits. She worked as an interpretive ranger at Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Denali, and Death Valley, as a firefighter on the Olympic National Forest, and as a letter carrier with the US Postal Service to fund her college education at UC Santa Cruz where she graduated with highest honors in Environmental Studies. She plans to continue travelling with her husband and his travel business, Sherpa Travel, and to contribute to international work in Nepal with a non-profit she and her husband founded in 2012, Friends of Himalayan Sherpa. The purpose of their non-profit is to improve the quality of life in the remote and rural Himalayan villages through education, health care, and protection of natural and cultural resources.