Brewing Chemistry - Beyond DDT: Pesticides, Pollinators, and Population Declines

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Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Category: Seminar

Beyond DDT: Pesticides, Pollinators, and Population Declines
Presented by: Erin Parker, Field Conservation Officer and Nature Centers Manager, Detroit Zoological Society

Peregrine falcons, once extirpated from states East of the Mississippi River, now routinely rear young in downtown Detroit. Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and many other birds of prey species have seen dramatic population increases since the banning of the insecticide DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) across Europe and the United States in the early 1970s. But many other groups of birds are currently seeing steep populations declines- is there a link to pesticide use? What can homeowners, community members, and lawn maintainers do to conserve birds, bats, and the ‘bugs’ that feed them all? How do biomagnification and bioaccumulation work (and, um, what do those terms mean, anyway?) We’ll look at the research on chemicals in the environment and discuss how to support healthy backyard ecosystems so that we can all thrive together.

About: Erin Parker is a former high school science teacher who maintains teaching licenses in Michigan and Wisconsin. She currently supports conservation and education for the Detroit Zoological Society at the Zoo and at the Belle Isle Nature Center. She is easily distracted by birds.


This is a Zoom presentation! You must pre-register to attend.
To register, please contact Meghann at 313.993.1259 or meghann@brewingchemistry.com

Contact

Meghann Murray
313 993 1259
meghann@brewingchemistry.com

Cost

Free
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