Lectures & Talks

Lectures & Talks

State of Green Roofs in NYC Conference 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Join us for virtual talks on a wide variety of topics related to conservation, birds, or advocacy. Our lectures take place via zoom in the fall and winter and feature a lineup of exciting authors, researchers, and experts. All lectures are free of charge.

Upcoming Programs

Our Lectures Series has wrapped up for the season. Check back here in Fall 2022 for our 2022-2023 Lecture Series schedule. You can view videos of recent NYC Audubon lectures and talks below. To learn about upcoming lectures as they are announced, please subscribe to our eNewsletter, The eGret

Past Lectures:

Annual Meeting and Conservation Program Update 2022

By NYC Audubon Board President Karen Benfield, Executive Director Jessica Wilson, and Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Dustin Partridge
Learn how NYC Audubon's Project Safe Flight program is making New York City safer for migratory birds through engagement, science, and advocacy. We begin this online meeting by welcoming our newly elected Board of Directors, with a special presentation from Board President Karen Benfield, as part of our Annual Meeting. We then throw it to new Director of Conservation and Science Dr. Dustin Partridge, who provides an update on our signature conservation program, Project Safe Flight. During his presentation, Dr. Partridge highlights the program's accomplishments over the past year -- including passing Lights Out legislation in the New York City Council in December 2021 that will help prevent bird collisions -- and our goals for the year ahead.

Meiburg and Weidensaul in Conversation

On March 21, 2022, authors Jonathan Meiburg and Scott Weidensaul joined NYC Audubon's executive director, Jessica Wilson, in conversation about their latest books. Jonathan and Scott discussed a wide array of topics including bird cognition, migration, and the caracara, a fascinating genus within the falcon family. Jonathan Meiburg is the leader of the band Shearwater and author of the book, A Most Remarkable Creature: The Hidden Life and Epic Journey of the World's Smartest Birds of Prey. Scott Weidensaul has written nearly 30 books on natural history including the New York Times bestseller, A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds.

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird

By Rosemary Mosco
On Jan. 24, 2022, author Rosemary Mosco joined NYC Audubon's interim director of conservation and science, Kaitlyn Parkins, in conversation about her latest book, A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World's Most Misunderstood Bird. The talk covered a wide array of pigeon topics, including genetics, behavioral oddities, and even pigeon milk! Rosemary Mosco is a bird-lover, science communicator, writer, and cartoonist behind the highly popular Bird and Moon comics.

Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore

By Christopher W. Leahy
On Monday, December 6th, 2021, author Christopher W. Leahy joined Kellye Rosenheim in conversation about his latest book, Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore. This far-ranging conversation touched on just a few of the nearly 200 engaging entries on avian topics featured in the book. Leahy holds the Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology (Emeritus) at the Massachusetts Audubon Society. His books include Birds of Mongolia and The Birdwatcher's Companion to North American Birdlife.

Wetlands Management Framework Presentation and Discussion

By Marit Larson, Mike Feller, and Sarah-Charlop-Powers
On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Marit Larson, chief of the Natural Resources Group for NYC Parks, Mike Feller, former chief naturalist of NYC Parks, and Sarah Charlop-Powers, executive director of the Natural Areas Conservancy, presented the Wetlands Management Framework for New York City, released by the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks in 2021. The framework speaks to the critical role of wetlands and presents a bold new vision for their restoration and long-term care in our city. 

Bird Love

By Dr. Wenfei Tong
On Monday, March 15, 2021, author, biologist, artist, and nature guide Dr. Wenfei Tong gave a virtual talk for NYC Audubon as the final installment of our winter lecture series. Dr. Tong related fascinating stories of birds around the world mating and nesting from her book Bird Love: The Family Life of Birds, available from Princeton University Press

Laysan Albatross: Their Style and Story

By Hob Osterlund
On Monday, November 16th, 2020, author and Kaua'i Albatross Network founder Hob Osterlund gave a virtual talk discussing her work advocating for the magnificent Laysan Albatross on Hawai'i. She also treated participants to a screening of her Telly Award-winning short documentary Kalama's Journey. Watch the lecture below!

The Grassland Birds of Freshkills Park

By Dr. Shannon Curley and José Ramírez-Garofalo
On Monday, November 8, 2021, Dr. Shannon Curley and José Ramírez-Garofalo presented findings from their work at Freshkills Park in Staten Island, a nearly 2,000-acre reclaimed landfill that has now become the home of various grassland specialists like Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlarks, and Sedge Wrens. They discussed their ongoing research and conservation successes in this critical maturing grassland habitat.

Support for Our Lectures

This series has been made possible by the support of Claude and Lucienne Bloch.