Lectures


PLEASE NOTE: OUR LECTURE SERIES HAS MOVED! OUR NEW VENUE IS THE CENTRAL PARK ZOO 4-D THEATER, JUST NORTH OF THE ARSENAL BUILDING AT FIFTH AVENUE AND 65TH STREET. DESCEND THE USUAL FLIGHT OF STEPS INTO THE PARK IN FRONT OF THE ARSENAL AND WALK RIGHT AROUND THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BUILDING TO REACH THE THEATER ENTRANCE.

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.

 

HATCHING EBIRD: INSIGHTS FROM CONCEPT TO CONSERVATION FROM THE WORLD'S LARGEST CITIZEN SCIENCE DATABASE

By Andrew Farnsworth, PhD
Tuesday, November 17, 6:30pm

eBird is a real-time, online checklist program that has revolutionized the way the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. Since its launch in 2002, this citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has become an indispensable tool for researchers and birders alike, featured in numerous peer-reviewed and popular media. The eBird database recently marked its 250-millionth observation and is quickly becoming a major enterprise encompassing ornithological, ecological, sociological, and statistical research and application. Learn about its history, design, utility, and future from Andrew Farnsworth, a research associate at the Lab of Ornithology and a member of the NYC Audubon board.

BEYOND WORDS: WHAT ANIMALS THINK AND FEEL

By Carl Safina, PhD
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm

Renowned author Carl Safina will deliver a lecture based on his latest book, Beyond Words. We will go inside animals’ lives and minds, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought, and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we discover “who” they really are. Dr. Safina is the founder of the Safina Center at Stony Brook University and host of PBS’s Saving the Ocean. His books include Song for the Blue Ocean, Eye of the Albatross, Voyage of the Turtle, Nina Delmar: The Great Whale Rescue, The View From Lazy Point: A Natural Year in an Unnatural World, and A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout.

THE NARROW EDGE: A TINY BIRD, AN ANCIENT CRAB, AND AN EPIC JOURNEY

By Deborah Cramer
Tuesday, January 19, 6:30pm

Each year red knots undertake a near miraculous 19,000-mile journey from one end of the earth to the other and back. In her book The Narrow Edge, Deborah Cramer accompanies them on their extraordinary odyssey along the length of two continents, tracking birds from remote Tierra del Fuego to the icy Arctic. Join her on the journey, and learn what’s at stake, for shorebirds, horseshoe crabs, and for us all.

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