Dr. Ray Faber, who crucially helped the return of the endangered Henslow’s sparrow to Great River Bluffs State Park, will discuss the success story on Wednesday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at the Winona Senior Friendship Center, 251 Main Street, Winona. This monthly program is presented by the Winona Bird Club and is free and open to the public. After Faber’s program, attendees are invited to stay for decaf coffee and treats.
Southeast Minnesota, with its unique geography, is home to several species of wildlife that are hard to find elsewhere in the state. One of these is the tiny, secretive Henslow’s sparrow, listed as endangered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. What can be done to help an endangered species that is losing its habitat? Dr. Ray Faber’s presentation will highlight the challenges this little bird faces, along with research on practices that could help it survive and thrive.
Dr. Faber has studied Henslow’s sparrows at Great River Bluffs State Park annually since 1994. This species had entirely disappeared from the park by 1991. Management efforts including late summer burning, sumac removal, placement of mullein stalks, and fertilization resulted in restoration of the population to as many as 28 singing males, although numbers have declined in recent years.
Faber is a long-time professor of biology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, teaching primarily environmental biology courses including ecology, ornithology and wildlife ecology and management. His research has focused on effects of contaminants on fish-eating birds including black terns, herring gulls, great blue herons, and others. Faber’s work on Henslow’s sparrows in Minnesota has resulted in a management plan that has been successful in restoring a small population at Great River Bluffs State Park.
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