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Evenings with Audubon: Impacts of Climate Change on a Flagship Species – Polar Bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea

  • VFW Post 1318 133 E. Lakeside St. Madison, WI (map)

Climate change is impacting life at all latitudes, with increasing temperature in the Arctic affecting polar bear habitat and populationsin novel ways. I will share with you how climate change, specifically sea ice dynamics, is putting this flagship species at risk. Using data collected over the last 35 years, my research aims to better understand how a changing climate influences polar bear health in the southern Beaufort Sea.

Free and open to the public. This talk is hosted at the VFW Post 1318, also known as Cranefield's (133 E. Lakeside St.), just off of John Nolan Drive. Food and drinks are available at the bar for those who hope to catch dinner before or after the program.

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About the Speaker

Tricia is a PhD student in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW. She is a Wisconsin native and got her start in wildlife ecology as an intern at the International Crane Foundation. After earning an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UW in 2004, she worked as part of the Wisconsin DNR Wildlife Health Team on chronic wasting disease and West Nile Virus. Tricia spent 8 years working for the USDA at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado where her research on focused on prominent wildlife diseases including rabies, avian influenza, and chronic wasting disease. Prior to starting her PhD program, Tricia taught Ecology at UW.

Header photo by USFWS Alaska Region

Cosponsored by Madison Audubon and Community Shares of Wisconsin

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