Science Café Cleveland presents


Cats, cars, windows and wind turbines:

human-induced mortality in wild birds


AUGUST 10, 2015




Travis L. DeVault, Ph.D.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Wildlife Research Center





Wild birds provide invaluable ecosystem services, including seed dispersal, plant pollination, pest control, and carcass cleanup.  Despite these benefits and the esthetic value of birds to humans, recent research has shown that humans are responsible for billions of bird deaths each year in the U.S. alone.  This presentation will summarize the magnitude of mortality by causes and discuss priorities and means to reduce this mortality.  The goal is to ensure healthy bird populations for future generations.




Dr. Travis L. DeVault is a scientist and leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s research facility at Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, OH. His research group investigates the causes and consequences of animal-vehicle collisions, especially bird strikes with aircraft, and works towards the development of methods to reduce these and other human-wildlife conflicts.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Indiana State University and a Ph.D. degree in wildlife ecology from Purdue University, and has authored more than 90 scientific publications.




"Cats No. 1 predator to urban mockingbird nests"

- Science Daily / Science News, May 5, 2011


"For birds, the suburbs may not be an ideal place to raise a family"

- Science Daily / Science News, March 8, 2011


"'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds"

- ScienceDaily / Science News, May 8, 2014


"Wind turbines kill fewer birds than do cats, cell towers"

-USA Today, September 15, 2014


"Which Kills More Birds? Oil Spills, or Windmills?"

-Investor's Business Daily, June 17, 2015





The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



August 10, 2015

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Tasting Room will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention beer! (Click here to view menu).


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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