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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

  • 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.

    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.

    Cost: Free

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  • Audrey Peterman

    Audrey Peterman and the Doctor Bird
    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Audrey Peterman
    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.

    Cost: Free

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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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