Conservation Biologist and Bird Expert Bridget Stutchbury to Speak at New Hampshire Audubon February 6th
Concord, N.H. – Renowned naturalist, educator and ‘Silence of the Songbirds’ author, Bridget Stutchbury will present a public lecture at New Hampshire Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord, NH on Friday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. Her richly-illustrated talk, “Birds of Two Worlds” is sponsored jointly by Birds&Beans and New Hampshire Audubon.
In “Birds of Two Worlds”, part of the Birds&Beans Talks series, Stutchbury will describe the travels and life histories of the beloved birds that spend summers raising young in New Hampshire and migrate extraordinary distances to tropical wintering grounds – to habitats that are increasingly devastated by unsustainable farming practices. As part of a regional initiative to inform all who cherish migratory songbirds, Dr. Stutchbury brings us tales and images of the marvels and challenges faced by these world travelers, from a bird’s eye view.
“We often forget that those beautiful summer visitors that we think of as ‘our’ birds spend most of their lives far from here,” says Becky Suomala of New Hampshire Audubon. “Dr. Stutchbury shows us the tropical side of birds’ lives and the connection between their winter homes and our daily choices.” The Birds&Beans Talks is a series of lectures aimed at informing and educating birders and the general public about New England’s migratory birds and the importance of sustainable and environmentally friendly coffee farming in ensuring habitat preservation.
Professor Stutchbury has been referred to as the “Rachel Carson of the 21st Century.” Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, she completed her M.Sc. at Queen’s University, her Ph.D. at Yale, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. She is a Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology at York University, Toronto. For 25 years she has followed songbirds to their wintering grounds in Latin America and back to their breeding grounds in North America to understand their behavior, ecology and conservation. Her acclaimed book, Silence of the Songbirds reveals how we are losing the world’s songbirds, why this predicts widespread environmental problems, and what we can do to save the birds and their habitats. Bridget will be available to autograph copies of her book at the event.
Admission is free but donations are appreciated; participants will enjoy excellent bird-friendly coffee.
About New Hampshire Audubon
New Hampshire Audubon’s mission is to protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people. It is an independent statewide membership organization with five nature centers throughout the state. Expert educators give programs to children, families, and adults at centers and in schools. Staff biologists and volunteers conduct bird conservation efforts such as the Peregrine Falcon restoration. New Hampshire Audubon protects thousands of acres of wildlife habitat and is a voice for sound public policy on environmental issues. For information on New Hampshire Audubon, including membership, volunteering, programs, sanctuaries, and publications, call 224-9909, or visit www.nhaudubon.org.
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