The Temple University Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) Student Association is an on DSC_0439campus student organization at the Temple University Ambler Campus. The student association is run by students and advising faculty from the Landscape Architecture and Horticulture department in the School of Environmental Design. The school offers a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) that uniquely concentrates heavily on applied ecological restoration as compared to other programs that only touch the surface of the field. The majority of students in the organization are master’s degree candidates in this program, though it is open to the entire Temple University student body.

Since then the student organization has gone to the Mid-Atlantic Conference twice. In all appearances, several students have submitted papers and presentation posters that were shared with the regional ecological restoration community. As of October 2013 the student group will have attended the SER World Conference in Madison, Wisconsin where several students and faculty plan to present research. Temple University Ambler will also play host to the SER Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in March of 2014 where the student organization will be heavily active with planning and participation. The student association has also organized several field trips,  and started a student-run native plant nursery on the Ambler campus. Through field trips and work with the nursery, the group has and continues to establish itself as an active presence of dedicated students, staff, and faculty in the Temple Ambler, and greater Philadelphia communities.

DSC_0113The Temple SER Student Association meets weekly to discuss ongoing projects, field trips, and other topics and opportunities within the realm of ecological restoration. This blog will serve as a means for the group to communicate about events, field trips, and progress of projects with those who wish to follow. Additionally, the blog will give individual members the opportunity to share topics, news, and personal trips/activities related to ecological restoration. Please feel free to contact members of the organization through this blog by commenting on posts or contacting the organizing members shown on the ‘People’ page.



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  1. Cat Lea

    Dear Temple Sustainabily, ecology club. I am a former Temple alumni and was at the college 15 years ago. Back then I noticed all these beautiful birds dead around the buildings, hundreds of them! I would pick them up and try and revive them but I was shocked at the number of deaths.

    I recently visited the campus again, and to my amazement the problem was still there. I counted at leas fifty dead birds, from warblers, to sparrows, to chickadees, and others. I have to say I am deeply disappointed in the campus. If you are going to do ecology and sustainability, conservation, at least do something about the problem right in front of you. I’m sending this to you because I’m not sure who else to send it to, but surely anyone on the campus would have noticed this. I’m writing to you because I love nature and these poor birds need help. I hope you can take up there cause. Thank You.


    1. templeser Post author


      Thanks so much for your comment. We are the Society for Ecological Restoration student group, but fortunately a few of our members sit in on the Sustainability Committee for the school which is made up of both administration, faculty and staff from Temple Ambler. This committee is currently conducting a year long inventory and analysis of how many birds are suffering from the large windows and reflective surfaces, and where the biggest problem areas are. This effort is being headed by Rob Kuper and Anne Brennen, who are the leaders of the Sustainability Committee at Temple Ambler. For each building, they have a representative that does a weekly sweep which includes recording any birds may be found and then collecting them for further identification. Based on the information we find, we will decide on appropriate action. This includes possible window screens/adhesives, or even blinds, that can be placed in these problem areas to help reduce fatalities. Thank you so much for your concern! Its great to know that alumni are involved in whats happening on campus. If you have any further questions, I would refer you to Rob at rkuper@temple.edu.

      Taylor, Vice President SER

    2. Rob Kuper

      Thank you for your concern and comment. We wholeheartedly agree that protecting wildlife, including birds, should begin directly outside our classrooms and offices.

      As Taylor stated, we began to formally address the issue this past April by counting the number of dead birds around the perimeter of three Ambler Campus buildings: Dixon Hall, the Learning Center, and the Library Building. We have been working with the Office of Sustainability on main campus to understand the potential problem and identify potential solutions. We need data to determine if there is a problem, the severity of the problem, and where it is occurring. Using the data, we can then devise solutions to prevent bird deaths using the guidelines provided by the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP, http://www.flap.org/).

      Please feel free to email me more detailed information at rkuper@temple.edu. Specifically, we’d like to know at which building(s) on campus you found dead birds, and if possible, which side of the buildings (north, south,east, west) and how many on each side. Thank you, again, for sharing your concern with SER and Taylor. We are taking it seriously.

      Rob Kuper, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
      Co-chair, Ambler Campus Sustainability Council (ACSC)


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