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Oct
13
Tue
The Real James Bond @ Online - Zoom
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Real James Bond @ Online - Zoom

SPECIAL PROGRAM

When Ian Fleming was looking for a name for his fictional British secret agent, he looked at the cover of his birding bible, Birds of the West Indies, saw the author’s name, and simply stole it. The real-life James Bond was an ornithologist and noted naturalist/adventurer from Philadelphia who was an expert on the birds of the Caribbean.

Jim Wright, the New Jersey-based author of the just-published The Real James Bond, will discuss Bond’s iconic field guide, his identity theft by Ian Fleming, and Bond’s solo expeditions to the Caribbean. Wright will also discuss the birds that Bond discovered or helped popularize, and the connection between Bond and ornithologists who became spies during World War II — including two from the Field Museum.

The Real James Bond is available at https://www.realjamesbond.net/2020/06/how-to-get-a-copy-.html  Wright’s other books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. He is the birding columnist for The (Bergen) Record and a marsh warden at a nature preserve in northern New Jersey.

Co-sponsored with Evanston North Shore Bird Club

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.

Oct
20
Tue
Sex in the Sagebrush: Mate Choice & Conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse @ Online - Zoom
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sex in the Sagebrush: Mate Choice & Conservation of the Greater Sage-Grouse @ Online - Zoom

The Greater Sage-Grouse, an iconic and threatened species of the American West, is known for its spectacular mating displays as well as for extraordinary conservation efforts to address a 90%+ population decline caused in large part by habitat loss. Gail Patricelli, professor at University of California, Davis, studies Sage-Grouse courtship behaviors using robotic female replicas she calls “fembots” to determine what attracts males on the lek, what disrupts those mating signals, and how that information can contribute to saving the species as well as its habitat.

Gail will share insights from her fascinating research – including video of dancing males with spiky tails spread and yellow chest sacs inflated to impress her remote-controlled “ladies” – as well as a brief profile of the bird’s lifecycle, range and conservation status.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.

 

Nov
17
Tue
On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region @ Online - Zoom
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
On the Trail of Endemic Birds & Parasites in Amazonia’s Endangered Belém Region @ Online - Zoom

Despite the rich bird life of the eastern Amazon basin, few birders have visited the Belém Area of Endemism in northeastern Brazil – one of at least eight regions in Amazonia with unique species found only in each of these respective areas. The Belém area is the most endangered of the eight, largely because of deforestation that has left just 24% of primary forest standing.

Jason Weckstein, associate curator of ornithology at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, will take us on an armchair expedition to this very special location, where he co-led a research team several years ago when he was a staff scientist with the Field Museum. He’ll share an up-close-and-personal look at everything from daily life in the field to the area’s biodiversity, endemism patterns in the birds and associated parasites found there, and how the team’s findings are being used to advance our understanding of speciation, disease and parasite ecology, and conservation.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.

Jan
19
Tue
Beau’s Green Big Year @ Online - Zoom
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Beau’s Green Big Year @ Online - Zoom

As even non-birders know from The Big Year book and film, traditional Big Years involve driving and flying thousands of miles to see as many species as possible in a given geographical location in 365 days. For 2020, local birder Beau Schaefer decided to tackle a variation – a Green Big Year – to find as many species as he could in Lake County by biking, walking and kayaking – no driving allowed. By mid-June, he had passed the previous record of 238 species seen during a Green Big Year in Illinois. He will share stories, strategies and highlights from his year-long, no-fossil-fuel birding adventure.

ONLINE PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS

The presentations will be on Zoom. You must install the Zoom application (Zoom Client for Meetings) on your computer. We strongly recommend doing this BEFORE the events. 

We will be emailing online participation instructions for each event. You must be on the email list to receive the link to the program.
Download the Zoom Client for Meetings here.

Questions? Tech support BEFORE the event? Test drive? Please call Sonny Cohen (847) 971-1101. NO SUPPORT WILL BE PROVIDED AFTER 4PM ON THE DAY OF EVENT.