Thu, Nov 8 , 2018
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113
Climate-Threatened and Endangered Birds of Minnesota with Monica Bryand
Monica Bryand is a longtime environmental activist who caught the birding bug when some friends took her and her partner birding more than 15 years ago.
“I couldn’t believe what we had right here in the Twin Cities, and I loved being out in the woods,” she wrote. In her climate presentations, she talks about her personal quest to photograph all 166 Minnesota birds that are threatened by the changing climate. So far she’s captured 130 of the 166.
Formerly an accountant, in 2015 Bryand decided to make a major career change and has taken on many consulting opportunities and followed her passion for bird photography, working on a special project with Audubon MN. Bryand currently consults with various nonprofits. Her passion for the environment has her working half-time for a community bike shop Cycles for Change. Bryand doesn’t just walk the paths to get her birds: she’ll take her equipment on a bike, in a kayak, and sometimes has three dogs tethered to her.
Bryand continues to work on other projects while she completes her bird photography mission. One of those jobs was photographing the life on or near the Mississippi that runs through St. Paul for much of 2017 (not a bad gig).
Bryand is a member of the Saint Paul Audubon Conservation Committee and serves on the board of Hawk Ridge and Voices for Racial Justice. She volunteers for her local District Council on the West Side of St. Paul.
Every day, Bryand shares her bird photos with her Facebook friends and shares many of her favorite places and secret spots with friends and family. She considers herself an urban birder who wants to engage other Minnesotans in the incredible resources we have right in our back yards.