Note: Alabama Audubon will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, January 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST to hear Scot Duncan discuss the effects of climate change on Alabama’s birds. To attend, you must register by 12:00 p.m. on January 26.
Climate change is reshaping the Alabama landscape. More intense flooding and droughts. Stronger hurricanes. Sea level rise. Longer, hotter summers. How are these and other changes affecting Alabama’s birdlife? And, what should Alabama’s avian allies (that’s us!) do about it? Dr. R. Scot Duncan, Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College and author of award-winning Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, next explores the impacts of climate change on our state’s bird populations, and how we can ensure Alabama’s birdlife enjoys the best possible future.
In 2017, Scot began investigating how climate change is impacting the Southeast. The stories he discovered will be published in a forthcoming book provisionally entitled Creeks to Coast: Restoring the Rivers at the Heart of America’s Freshwater Biodiversity (University of Alabama Press, spring 2023). Scot is one of two children born to the renowned birding power couple, Bob and Lucy Duncan of Gulf Breeze, Florida. Scot has been birding since he was in utero, and is passionate about birding and bird conservation. His research and explorations have taken him to Antarctica, New Zealand, East Africa, Central and South America, the Pacific Northwest, and across the southeastern US. Scot served on the board of the Cahaba River Society (2006-2012), and currently is on the board of the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.