CONSERVATION: Diversity division head to talk about programs

February 2, 2014 

Eric Gardner, Wildlife Diversity Division manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, will be the guest speaker at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Black Hills Audubon Society.

Gardner will provide an overview of current resources and conservation challenges of the division. He will talk about ongoing and developing conservation efforts, and the state’s plans for revising the State Wildlife Action Plan, otherwise known as the Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy.

He also will provide an update on a developing citizen science program. That discussion will focus on developing a Washington portal that will allow Washington’s birders to upload data to eBird in such a way that it may also be used for conservation management purposes by the department.

The meeting will begin with a social hour at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE., Olympia. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The chapter holds its programs and meetings on the second Thursday of all months except March, July or August. You can learn more about the chapter at

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