Saturday Morning, September 28th, Breakfast Buffet,
8:15 am "meet & greet" & 8:30 am buffet starts,
Slate Creek Grille, Hill City
Prairie Hills Audubon Society is sponsoring a breakfast buffet with Chad Hanson of John Muir Project (JMP) from California, Duane Short of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance (BCA) from Wyoming and Marshall Johnson of the National Audubon Society (NAS) from North Dakota.
Breakfast buffet starts at 8:30 am at the Slate Creek Grille in Hill City, SD. The Grille is located near Post office in northern part of town. During breakfast our visitors will be available to discuss the black-backed woodpecker with attendees.
In May 2012 four groups, (including John Muir Project and Biodiversity Conservation Alliance) petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the Black Hills and the Oregon-Cascades/California populations of the Black-backed Woodpecker as a Threatened or Endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Petitioners contend the small, isolated Oregon-Cascades/California and Black Hills populations have been recognized in the scientific literature as genetically distinct from the large, contiguous, northern boreal population and in both cases this genetic distinction is sufficiently large that it is consistent with distinction at the level of subspecies; however if not yet assigned subspecies status, the Woodpecker could qualify as a Distinct Population Segment. Due to the small size of the two populations and the threats, petitioners believe listing is warranted. To download petition and other related materials visit the USFWS web pages on this topic:
We shall have meet and greet at 8:15 am and breakfast buffet will start at 8:30 am. Chad and Duane will need to leave by 11:15 am. Parking in Grille's lot is limited and our visitors could help the Grille by trying to park nearby or car pooling. http://www.slatecreekgrille.com/maplocation.html
Attendees must pay for cost of breakfast buffet that will be fixed by Grille.
Please RSVP by Thursday night, if you plan to come,
contact Nancy at 605-787-6779 or e-mail email@example.com.
Please put WOODPECKER RSVP in the subject line if using e-mail.
Who is Chad?
Dr. Chad Hanson is the Director of the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute in California. Chad Hanson has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, and is an Associate researcher at UC Davis in the field of fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems. He has published studies on topics such as fire severity patterns, wildlife response to fire, post-fire conifer survival, and landscape-level fire patterns and trends. Dr. Hanson is also a Juris doctorate. Watch Chad on U-tube
Who is Duane?
Duane Short is staff of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance of Laramie Wyoming.
Duane is a zoologist with particular interests in animal behavior and evolutionary biology.
Who is Marshall Johnson?
Marshall is staff of National Audubon's Dakota office located in Fargo ,ND, and is the field staff responsible for SD within the National Audubon's system. - http://dk.audubon.org/ ,
The Petition to list the Black-backed Woodpecker can be downloaded at:
For More Information on the petition:
Other writing of Chad on Black backed Woodpecker
One of Mark Rumble's (Local Forest Service researcher) research papers on the Woodpecker can be downloaded here.