Erin Strasser releases a sparrow with a local school group in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Erin Strasser releases a sparrow with a local school group in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Episode Summary:

Our guest on today’s episode of the podcast is biologist and filmmaker Erin Strasser. Erin has been a Wild Lens board member for serval years now, during which time she’s been working on an Eyes on Conservation film about her research in Mexico with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies.

13-04-08-Photo-4Erin works in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico, an area that serves as wintering habitat for many of North America’s grassland songbird species. Erin explains that grassland songbird populations have been in precipitous decline for many decades, yet there is still much to learn about the causes behind these declines.

I also talked to Erin about her early interests in both science and art, and we talk about how these two disciplines are truly interconnected. Film, of course, is one of the ways in which we combine science and art here at Wild Lens, and Erin is currently working on an EOC film about her research. We discuss Erin’s progress on her film thus far and what she hopes to accomplish over this next field season.

 

Plight of the Grassland Birds:

 

Links:

Erin’s Chihuahuan Grasslands project at Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

New York Times article about water shortages and agriculture in the Chihuahuan Desert

Erin’s first EOC video – Wood Thrush: King of Coffee

More about Erin’s Grassland Songbird EOC film

 

Erin with one of her most recent works of art - a giant  yellowfin tuna!  Created through a combination of wood burning and painting.  Photo by Taylor Smith.

Erin with one of her most recent works of art – a giant yellowfin tuna! Created through a combination of wood burning and painting. Photo by Taylor Smith.

 

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