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    Essential conservations: using collaborations with farmers to build strong conservation
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2015-01-27) Mangan, Anna, author
    Agriculture is a leading driver of land use change. Although increased production is necessary to provide food and fiber to more than seven billion people worldwide, the conversion of natural lands to agriculture is associated with habitat loss, increased pesticide use and soil erosion. Habitat loss and degradation has fostered global declines in many bird species, raising concerns as birds provide important and sometimes irreplaceable functional roles in ecosystems. Identifying how to enhance both bird habitat and food security is a priority, yet our understanding of what birds contribute to agroecosystems is relatively poor. Research is needed to advance our understanding of species interactions and identify opportunities to achieve conservation objectives through sustainable agriculture.
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    Revitalizing culture and ecosystems through environmental education in Samburu, Kenya
    (Colorado State University. Libraries, 2015-02-10) Trimarco, Jon, author
    Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) is being lost across the planet and it is feared that, as a consequence, indigenous communities have become less resilient in the face of environmental changes. In this talk, Jon will reflect on his experiences leading a collaborative effort to address such concerns among the pastoralists of Samburu, Kenya. Through a fellowship with the CCC, Jon and his team investigated the nature of TEK loss in Samburu, created TEK-centered environmental education programs and mobilized hundreds of community members in afforestation efforts using both traditional and western techniques. This talk will focus on the importance of collaboration in developing environmental education programs and the surprising 'innovations' that can be discovered while working with TEK.