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Conservation Action for Biodiversity: Wildlands—The Cornerstone of Ecological Resilience

May 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This program is the third of Kestrel’s 2024 “Conservation Action for Biodiversity” Online Speaker Series.

Nature contains a marvelous and mysterious diversity of life, and humans understand just a small slice of our wonderfully interconnected worldwide web. Underpinning the work of conserving wildlands is the belief that all beings—from charismatic megafauna such as bears and bobcats, to inconspicuous microorganisms such as nematodes and slime molds—have a right not just to survive, but to thrive. Protecting wildlands helps shelter all parts of our natural system, safeguarding a home for the full spectrum of life.

The term “wildland” refers to places unmanaged by humans, where nature can maintain autonomy across all the scales at which life exists. In the northeast, the result of allowing natural processes to play out over time is usually mature forests, which provide remarkable ecological resilience.

Join us on Wednesday, May 29, from 6:00-7:30 pm for an online presentation by Shelby Perry, Wildlands Ecologist at Northeast Wilderness Trust. She will lead us on a journey through the process of rewilding forests in the northeast, discuss the implications of wildlands protections for biodiversity, and introduce us to a few of the lesser known residents of these places.

Shelby Perry works for Vermont-based Northeast Wilderness Trust (NEWT). She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from RPI, a M.Sc. in Plant Biology–Field Naturalist from UVM, and has a deep love and respect for wild places. As Wildlands Ecologist, she built NEWT’s ecology program focusing scientific research efforts on the ecology of the wild places that NEWT protects.

Kestrel Land Trust Executive Director, Kristin DeBoer, serves on the Board of Directors for Northeast Wilderness Trust.

Registration is required. Sliding scale donation welcome.





May 29
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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