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News from the Flathead Audubon Society

Robert Gentry will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Jan. 13, meeting from 7-9 p.m. at the Gateway West Community Room in Kalispell.

Gentry has a biology degree from Hendrix College and attended the University of Missouri for graduate school where he studied the impacts of forest fragmentation on the mating success of ground-nesting neotropical migrants, particularly the ovenbird (a small songbird). 

He has traveled to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Belize and Guatemala in winter to help assess impacts of habitat degradation on birds in their winter range. After graduate school, Gentry attended Vermont Law School where he obtained a master’s degree in environmental law. 

After law school, he worked for two states on environmental cleanup and compensation. In 2010, he established a private practice in which he focuses on public-interest environmental law and immigration law. 

He continues to keep up with impacts of habitat degradation and fragmentation for area sensitive birds and other animals with a focus on the impacts of climate change. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Flathead Audubon website at www.flatheadaudubon.org. 

The Flathead Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society.  Our mission is to:                 

—  conserve birds, wildlife habitat and ecosystem diversity;

—  promote awareness and appreciation of the natural world through education and advocacy;

—  work with diverse groups and agencies to achieve sound decisions on natural resource issues;

—  provide community services, such as school programs, work projects and field trips. While our efforts focus on northwest Montana, we believe in the protection of the earth and all its inhabitants.

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