Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Note: Our lecture series has migrated to a new location! Our new venue is the Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (between 73rd Street and 74th Street). Google Map here.


NORTH ON THE WING: TRAVELS WITH THE SONGBIRD MIGRATION OF SPRING

Presentation by Bruce Beehler
Monday, November 4, 7-8pm
Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

In this illustrated lecture, naturalist and ornithologist Bruce Beehler will recount his hundred-day-long 2015 field trip following the spring migration of songbirds from the coast of southeastern Texas up the Mississippi and into the boreal forests of northern Ontario. Along the way, Beehler visited various migratory bird field projects as well as scores of local, state, and national parks and refuges critical for the preservation of the migration phenomenon. He also spent time in many eclectic and beautiful rural communities, from southern Louisiana and Mississippi to the northern limit of roads in Ontario—land of the Cree and Ojibwe First Nations peoples. His presentation touches on wildlife, nature conservation, migration research, American history, and rural culture. Copies of North on the Wing (Smithsonian Books, 2018) and his soon-to-be-released Birds of Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) will be available for purchase and signing by the author after the lecture.


BIRDS IN WINTER: SURVIVING THE MOST CHALLENGING SEASON

Presentation by Roger F. Pasquier
Monday, December 16, 7-8pm
Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for an in-depth exploration of the ecology and behavior of birds during their most challenging season: winter. Ornithologist and conservationist Roger Pasquier will examine how winter affects birds’ lives all through the year, starting in late summer, and will show how the birds’ resulting behaviors can be visible to any interested observer. He will also delve into the unique conservation challenges posed by winter and how global warming is altering the nature of the season itself. Pasquier is currently an associate in the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History. He has worked for the Smithsonian Institution, the World Wildlife Fund, the Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Audubon Society. He has authored several books on birds and art history, which, along with Birds in Winter (Princeton University Press, 2019), will be available for purchase and signing by Pasquier after the lecture.

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.

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