John Marzluff is James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington. His graduate (Northern Arizona University) and initial post-doctoral (University of Vermont) research focused on the social behavior and ecology of jays and ravens. He continues this theme, investigating the intriguing behavior of crows, ravens, and jays. His current research focuses on the effects of urbanization on songbirds in the Seattle area. He teaches Ornithology, Governance and Conservation of Rare Species, Field Research in Yellowstone, and Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica.
Professor Marzluff has written five books and edited several others. His most recent book Welcome to Subirdia (2014 Yale) discovers that moderately settled lands host a splendid array of biological diversity and suggests ways in which people can steward these riches to benefit birds and themselves.
Dr. Marzluff has mentored over 30 graduate students and authored over 135 scientific papers on various aspects of bird behavior and wildlife management. He is currently leader of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Recovery Team for the critically endangered Mariana Crow, a former member of the Washington Biodiversity Council, and a Fellow of the American Ornithologist’s Union.
Welcome to Subirdia. The beautiful garden that you create is not only an aesthetic wonder; it is a place that a rich community of wild animals calls home. In this lecture you will learn about the wildlife, especially birds, that live in your garden and what you can do to enhance their well being. I reveal that we are an integral part of an ecosystem, and our everyday actions affect the fabric of animal life that surrounds us. Drawing on my research in the Seattle area and on examples from across the country and around the world—Kansas City, Seattle, New York, Arizona, New Zealand, Europe, Central America, Asia—I show how some birds are adapting and thriving in moderately urban ecosystems, often evolving before our eyes. The diversity of plants and trees in our gardens and parks creates valuable habitat for many birds, as do our ornamental ponds and brush piles.