May 2, 2024 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Register here

Discover the intricate dynamics of environmental transitions and migrations amidst the challenges of climate change in the captivating Harney Basin. Join us for a thought-provoking lecture featuring distinguished speakers Teresa ‘Bird’ Wicks and Brenda Smith, as they offer unique perspectives on this pressing issue.

About the Speakers:

Teresa ‘Bird’ Wicks has been a bird enthusiast since childhood and has been focused on conservation biology since elementary school. Bird’s youth was spent running around in the forests of southwestern Oregon while working with and for their dad. From there, Bird spent years working various bird, conservation, and education jobs while pursuing a B.S. in Natural Resources (and most of a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation) and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Education. Around the time Bird graduated from graduate school, it became clear that despite being an introvert, Bird thrives at the intersection between science, outreach, and collaboration. This led Bird to the Eastern Oregon Biologist position in Harney County with Bird Alliance of Oregon. After settling into the Harney Basin, Bird earned a PhD in Environmental Science. Now, Bird works with local partners and stakeholders to understand bird communities and how birds interact with water and plant management on private and public lands in the Harney Basin.

Brenda Smith was raised in northern Nevada and spent most of her formative years horseback riding. Brenda has been the Executive Director of High Desert Partnership since 2015, and her interest in collaborative work began while teaching agriculture courses at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she trained in facilitation. Brenda believes the High Desert Partnership’s work is vital because it shifts the collective conscience of a community towards supporting collaborative efforts, resulting in more positive outcomes. She is passionate about her family, including her son, her dogs, chickens, cows, and horses, as well as growing cut flowers for bouquets. Brenda has diverse professional experiences ranging from starting a family farm marketing vegetables and cut flowers to conducting agricultural research and developing invasive plant outreach products for land managers. These experiences have deepened her understanding of working in partnerships, her belief in rural communities, and the power of collaboration.

Price: This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited so registration is required.

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Published On: March 19th, 2024 / Categories: Uncategorized /