September 27th Program Meeting-How Woodpeckers Can Save the World (or at Least Your Local Woodland!) with Steve Shunk
North America’s woodpeckers play keystone roles in our continent’s forests and woodlands. In fact, nowhere else on earth are woodpeckers such important contributors to forest ecology. Join local naturalist and woodpecker specialist Steve Shunk for an exciting journey into the lives and habits of North America’s woodpeckers. He will take listeners inside the woodpecker anatomy and translate anatomical adaptation into the fascinating behaviors birders love to watch. Prepare to be entertained, educated, and inspired to become ambassadors for woodpecker and woodland conservation.
Steve Shunk started birding in the San Francisco Bay area in 1989. He moved to central Oregon’s “Woodpecker Wonderland” in 1997, where 11 woodpecker species breed annually.
For the last 18 years, Steve has studied the woodpeckers of North America. Recently, he spent three seasons as a field biologist for the Institute for Bird Populations studying the Black-backed Woodpeckers of California’s Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains. He now lectures and leads birding tours across North America and beyond, and is the associate editor for the online Nature Travel Network. Steve’s long-awaited Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America was released in May 2016, and he will have books available for signing.