Events & Adventures
Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and open to the public, and are held at
The Arsenal, Central Park, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, 3rd floor gallery.
This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch
ORIGINS: READING THE EARLIEST DESCRIPTIONS OF AMERICA'S BIRDS
By Rick Wright
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 6pm
One of the marvels of the Internet is that every one of us now has access to the first descriptions of nearly all of the world's birds, material that lay hidden for years or for centuries in libraries scattered around the world. Join Rick Wright--author, lecturer, and guide of "Birds and Art" tours across the globe--for an exploration of the surprising and amusing stories of discovery that those resources preserve.
IMAGINING NEW YORK CITY FOR BIRDS AND OTHER BEASTS: THE WELIKIA PROJECT
By Eric Sanderson
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 6pm
The Welikia Project, formally known as The Mannahatta Project, is an interactive map that adds a 400-year-old visual overlay of the former landscape ecology of New York City and surrounding boroughs. The name Welikia means “my good home” and was spoken by the Lenape people who used to inhabit the island. Join the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Senior Conservation Ecologist Eric Sanderson for a discussion of the project, which uses georeferenced historical data and field samples collected over several years to create a multi-layered map of the “Muir Web,” or ecological community, of a specific area. Eric's talk will focus on new Welikia data that sheds light on the historical ecology of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and the New York Seascape.