Birds 'n Bites: "Dark Skies and Artificial Light"

Regular Events
May 18, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for the final Birds 'n Bites in our Spring 2021 series on Tuesday May 18th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm via Zoom:  

"Dark Skies and Artificial Light" presented by Heidi Hoven, Gillmor Sanctuary Assistant Manager for National Audubon Society and International Dark Skies Association Utah board member and co-chair of the Lighting Ordinance Committee, AND Vellachi Ganesan, Lighting Designer for Spectrum Engineers, Associate Instructor at the University of Utah, and International Dark Skies Association Utah board member 

Heidi will present on "Artificial Light, Humans, and Birds: Towards Supporting a Bird-friendly Relationship". This presentations explores the intersection of human population growth and a globally important stop-over site along a migratory flyway. Some of the known effects of artificial ight at night on humans, birds, and other wildlife are presented, and city and county level solutions to reduce light pollution along this important migratory pathway are discussed.

Vellachi will present on "Vibrant Cities, Dark Skies: Mitigating Lighting Conflicts". The national consumption of artificial light has increased mutlifold since the 1950s. This increase has become a critical sustainability concern. There is growing research that points to the unintended consequences of light pollution -- from bird fatalities, to ecological disruptions, to human health effects, and more. How can we design and regulate artificial lighting to serve and protect all species in the environment? 

The link to this zoom event will be sent out on our email list on the morning of Tuesday May 11th, and again on Tuesday May 18th. Sign up for email alerts at the bottom of our home page, if you haven't done so already, or contact Heather Dove,  to request the link.