Deer Impact in Bird Habitats

When walking through parks and forested areas In southeastern PA and New Jersey, we sometimes wonder if we are birding or “deering.” Many prime birding habitats look quite different than they did 20 or more years ago. As suburbia sprawls, deer are adapting to this man-made landscape, not always with beneficial results.

Dr. Jay F. Kelly will present his findings on the impact of deer and invasive species on forest understories.  Since 2014, Dr. Kelly and his students studied more than 250 forests in northern NJ, documenting how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th century when deer and invasive plant populations were much lower. They also studied the effectiveness of different strategies for forest restoration and improving forest conditions over time, including deer exclosures, hunting programs, prescribed burning, and native plantings. This research equips local communities with information needed to understand these important issues and what can be done to address them.

Jay F. Kelly, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, where he teaches ecology, botany, zoology, and environmental science. He holds a BA in Biology and a PhD in Ecology & Evolution from Rutgers University. His research interests are the biology and conservation of rare plant and animal species, coastal and forest ecology, plastic marine debris, and designing and implementing land management practices that balance the needs of humans with other species in the landscape. Dr. Kelly develops community-based research projects and partnerships that benefit both his students and the communities they serve. He received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for his research and service in 2010.

Meeting ID: 841 3436 7351

Passcode: 591993


Jun 03 2021


7:00 pm