Events & Adventures
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public. This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.
NOTE: Our lectures now begin at 7pm. Also, our lecture series has moved!
Our new venue is Reidy Hall at the Unitarian Church of All Souls, located on Lexington Avenue between 79th and 80th Streets in Manhattan. (Google Map)
Please note also that some of our fall/winter lecture dates have changed.
CAT WARS: THE DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES OF A CUDDLY KILLER
By Peter P. Marra
Thursday, November 17, 7pm
Mounting scientific evidence confirms what many conservationists have suspected for some time--that in the United States alone, free-ranging cats are killing birds and other animals by the billions. Equally alarming are the public health consequences of rabies and parasitic Toxoplasma passing from cats to humans. Join us as co-author Peter P. Marra, PhD discusses Cat Wars, the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health, and the controversies surrounding the management of cat populations.
BIRDWATCHING IN NEW YORK CITY AND ON LONG ISLAND
By Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim
Thursday, December 8, 7pm
Deborah Rivel and Kellye Rosenheim are the authors of a new guide to birdwatching in the five boroughs and on Long Island, designed to be easy to use in the field and provide seasonal information and precise directions to the area’s best birdwatching locations (see the summer 2016 issue of The Urban Audubon for a book excerpt). The authors will share what they learned researching and writing the book. Deborah is an avid bird photographer and award-winning independent wildlife film producer/director. Kellye leads local bird walks and is currently director of development for NYC Audubon.
GREEN METROPOLIS : THE EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES OF NEW YORK CITY AS NATURE, HISTORY, AND DESIGN
By Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
Wednesday, January 25, 7pm
In her new book Green Metropolis, Betsy Barlow Rogers introduces us to seven remarkable New York City green spaces and to the people who have been instrumental in their design and protection. As a founder of the Central Park Conservancy and current president of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the author is well positioned to take us through the history—both natural and human—of how these places were created and how they have been transformed.