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Compelling Voices in Birding and Conservation


Join us for energizing and engaging presentations focused around birding and conservation.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Ornithological Society and the Chicago Audubon Society, this special series features a variety of unique speakers with very different backgrounds and experiences in the birding community. From shorebird conservation to hawk migration, this series offers something for everyone.

All presentations include museum exploration starting at 6pm, with the evening's presentation beginning at 6:30pm. A cash bar will be available. Read on to learn more and reserve your spot.

Featured Speakers

  • Abby Sterling

    Wind Birds Over the Windy City: Stories of Shorebird Conservation
    Wednesday, April 1, 2020

    Dr. Abby Sterling
    Shorebird Biologist

    Dr. Abby Sterling, Shorebird Biologist with Manomet will share photos and stories of shorebirds in the southeastern United States, and explain how conservation actions there impact birds throughout the hemisphere. Her work with the Georgia Bight Shorebird Conservation Initiative focuses on local actions and partnerships that lead to habitat protection. 

    Abby Sterling, earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia, where she studied how habitat and landscape features influence beach nesting shorebirds and chick survival. Prior to working on her PhD, Abby lived on Little St. Simons Island in Georgia, where she worked as a naturalist guide and assisted on a variety of environmental projects, educated visitors about coastal ecology, and explored the Southeastern coast. Abby grew up in Western New York and attended SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for her B.S. in environmental biology.

    Cost: Free

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  • Laurie Goodrich

    The View from Hawk Mountain: Hawk Migration Studies
    Thursday, July 30, 2020

    Dr. Laurie Goodrich
    Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation
    Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association

    Laurie Goodrich, Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, will share experience and knowledge gleaned from years of monitoring and analyzing raptor migration.

    Dr. Goodrich earned her doctorate Ph.D in  Ecology. She joined Hawk Mountain in 1984 as its first full-time research biologist and has worked in virtually every aspect of conservation at Hawk Mountain; from overseeing its long-term migration counts, to directing its education program and developing the first education plan, to conducting scientific research and publishing more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. Dr. Goodrich also helped to raise and steward more than $1 million in grants or gifts for conservation science and education, including a transformational gift of $500,000 to expand raptor conservation education, and more than $2 million for land conservation. She also launched the collaborative Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor and The Broad-winged Hawk research projects, and globally, she co-founded the now world-famous, million-raptor conservation site at the River of Raptors in Veracruz, Mexico. Working with colleagues at the Hawk Migration Association of North America, HawkWatch International, and Bird Studies Canada, she helped develop the award-winning Raptor Population Index Project, and contributed heavily to "The State of North America’s Birds of Prey," the first comprehensive analysis of raptor populations across the continent.

    Cost: Free; registration opens soon.

Past Speakers

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    Colombia: Coffee, Birds, and a Community Conservation Story

    Dr. Amanda Rodewald
    Director of Conservation Science
    Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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    Triage for Endangered Birds: Which species do we save?

    Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
    Distinguished Research Professor
    York University, Toronto

  • Drew Lanham

    Forever Gone – Extinction and the Case for Ecological Reparations

    Dr. Drew Lanham
    Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology
    Master Teacher and Certified Wildlife Biologist
    Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department, Clemson University

  • Lynn Barber

    Big Year Birding Adventures

    Lynn Barber
    Author and Extreme Birder

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is proud to present the Compelling Voices series in partnership with the Chicago Ornithological Society and the Chicago Audubon Society

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