Social Hour, 6:30 p.m.
Mass Audubon Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center, 414 Massasoit Road, Worcester
Speaker: John Atwood
Program: New Strategies for Conserving Grassland Birds in New England
Jon Atwood is Director of Bird Conservation at Mass Audubon in Lincoln, Massachusetts. He has been a practicing ornithologist and conservation biologist for 40 years, specializing in integrating behavioral studies of rare and endangered bird species with habitat conservation planning.
After completing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in southern California, he moved to the East coast in 1986. While working at Manomet Bird Observatory during the early 1990’s he collaborated in the analysis of the first 30 years of Manomet’s landbird banding effort, spearheaded federal protection of the California Gnatcatcher under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, led a long-term study of factors affecting Least Tern colony site selection, and contributed to early studies of Bicknell’s Thrush in New England. From 1998-2011 he directed the Conservation Biology Program at Antioch University, New England, taught classes in Ornithology, Ecological Research Design, and GIS, and mentored over 70 graduate students working on various wildlife studies. During 2011-2013 he was Science Director at Biodiversity Research Institute in southern Maine. He has worked for Mass Audubon since 2014.