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Dr. Elizabeth Gow: Assessing the impacts of domestic cats on Canada’s wildlife
February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
KFN general meeting.
Domestic cats live in our homes as our pets, but they also hunt wildlife, capturing billions of animals a year worldwide. This presentation will show how Dr. Gow is working with a variety of groups interested in cats to help reduce the impact of cats on wildlife, and better the lives of cats and people. The talk will also show how this research is being designed to capture sneak peeks into the lives of unsupervised domestic cats by using state-of-the art camera systems and tracking technologies.
Dr. Elizabeth Gow is a behavioural conservation ecologist. She is a past Liber Ero postdoctoral fellow (a fellowship program that trains and supports young conservation leaders in Canada). She currently works as a scientist at Birds Canada and runs a research program at the University of Guelph, where she is an Adjunct Professor. Her research focuses on understanding where, when, and how migratory bird populations are declining. She uses innovative tracking devices and technologies to follow birds, and bird predators. One of the current focuses of her research is on understanding the impacts of cats on wildlife in Canada.