2019-2020 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.


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.

THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

[b]Chef Joseph Yoon[/b][br]© Brooklyn BugsChef Joseph Yoon
© Brooklyn Bugs

Presentation by Chef Joseph Yoon
Monday, January 13, 7-8pm
Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Join Chef Joseph Yoon, founder of Brooklyn Bugs, for a special presentation created exclusively for NYC Audubon. Brooklyn Bugs was founded in 2017 with a mission to raise awareness and appreciation for edible insects through delicious, creative, and educational programming. The company’s outreach and advocacy have reached millions of households through media outlets including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the Smithsonian Channel, Live with Kelly and Ryan, and National Public Radio. Learn why the United Nations endorses edible insects to address issues of food security and sustainability. And try a few: edible insect samples will be served.

NEW YORK RISING: THE FORCES THAT SHAPED NEW YORK

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© Penguin Random House

Presentation by Thomas Mellins
Monday, February 10, 7-8pm
Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Throughout its history, New York City’s natural spaces have been shaped by urban planning and development. Join author, curator, and architectural historian Thomas Mellins to explore this process through the lens of his book, New York Rising, an illustrated history of real estate development in Manhattan. Learn about the big ideas, big personalities, and big risks that collectively shaped the natural spaces that we love—and love to bird. Mellins is also the co-author, with Robert A. M. Stern, of New York 1880, New York 1930, and New York 1960. He has organized exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York, the National Building Museum, and Yale University. Copies of New York Rising will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

IN CONVERSATION: THE AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT

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© Gail Albert Halaban

Presentation by Gail Albert Halaban, George Boorujy, and Avi Gitler
Monday, March 2, 7-8pm
Parish House of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
921 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Join us for an evening’s exploration of the Audubon Mural Project, a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society executed in partnership with Gitler &_____ Gallery. Inspired by the legacy of John James Audubon, the project commissions artists to paint murals of birds threatened by climate change in hopes of calling attention to their plight. This “conversation” will feature three unique perspectives: Gail Albert Halaban is a photographer whose quest to document the murals recently culminated in an exhibit at the Aperture Foundation. George Boorujy is an artist who has been an integral part of the project and whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Avi Gitler is the owner of Gitler &_____ Gallery and the driving force behind the project.

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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