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
Wind Birds Over the Windy City: Stories of Shorebird Conservation
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Dr. Abby Sterling
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: FreeRSVP Here
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.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was founded in 1934 as the first sanctuary in the world to be set aside for raptor conservation. In the early days it began the first scientific migration count of hawks and led efforts to win legal protection for raptors. Its effort succeeded in part through public engagement focused on the spectacle of migration. Today it is a leading center for raptor conservation science, education, monitoring, and stewardship and continues to engage people locally as well as globally. Its celebrated international trainee program has trained more than 400 young conservationists in raptor biology and education, many who continue to work in their home countries to conserve raptors. In this talk, Laurie will share Hawk Mountain’s unique history and current programs. She will highlight the current trends in raptor numbers continent wide, which species are in trouble, and explore some of Hawk Mountain’s exciting satellite tracking data that is expanding our knowledge of migratory raptors in the Americas and around the world.
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Audrey Peterman and the Doctor Bird
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
President and Co-founder
Earthwise Productions, Inc.
The doctor bird is distinguished by extremely long tail feathers on the male. It is Jamaica’s national bird and holds a unique niche in the world, being endemic to the island. Audrey Peterman's new book, “From My Jamaican Gully to the World,” shares how the confidence she acquired growing up wild and free in Jamaica helped her make a change in America. A bird, a person, a community, we’re all unique and together we make up this magnificent whole which only becomes more enjoyable and sustainable the more we notice and appreciate each other.
Audrey Peterman is President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., and in 2014 co-launched the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau. Earthwise Productions focuses on connecting the public lands system and the American public. An immigrant from Jamaica, Audrey and her husband Frank stumbled upon the National Park System on a road trip, and the splendor gave her a keen awareness of the privilege of being an American. For 20 years the Petermans have striven to make this an egalitarian experience for all. Earthwise has been featured by outlets including MSNBC and Audrey’s accolades include the Environmental Hero Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Colombia: Coffee, Birds, and a Community Conservation Story
Dr. Amanda Rodewald
Director of Conservation Science
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Triage for Endangered Birds: Which species do we save?
Dr. Bridget Stutchbury
Distinguished Research Professor
York University, Toronto
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
Big Year Birding Adventures
Author and Extreme Birder