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Megan Friesen

Megan Friesen has worked for the past decade in avian ecology, conservation, and research. She received her PhD in biology from the University of Auckland studying the sensory ecology and conservation of tube-nosed seabirds. Her research was particularly related to the unique ways these birds communicate using vocalizations, visual, and chemical cues. Megan is active in a number of on-going conservation research projects, including the use of sensory-based methods for the conservation of the endangered (and previously thought extinct) New Zealand Storm Petrel and the first population study of the Buller’s Shearwater, a species potentially at risk from the effects of over-fishing and climate change.

Megan is the conservation manager at Seattle Audubon, where she enjoys engaging Seattle residents in the importance of urban bird and habitat conservation.

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