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Broadcast Schedule - ChannelMay 7, 2015 - Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce, and Conservation
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day on May 9, NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with authors Paul J. Baicich and Margaret A. Barker.
Today, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, more than fifty million Americans feed birds around their homes, and over the last sixty years, billions of pounds of birdseed have filled millions of feeders in backyards everywhere. Feeding Wild Birds in America tells why and how a modest act of provision has become such a pervasive, popular, and often passionate aspect of people’s lives.
The book provides details on one or more bird-feeding development or trend including the “discovery” of seeds, the invention of different kinds of feeders, and the creation of new companies. Also woven are the worlds of education, publishing, commerce, professional ornithology, and citizen science, all of which have embraced bird feeding at different times and from different perspectives.
The authors take a decade-by-decade approach starting in the late nineteenth century, providing a historical overview in each chapter before covering topical developments (such as hummingbird feeding and birdbaths). On the one hand, they show that the story of bird feeding is one of entrepreneurial invention; on the other hand, they reveal how Americans, through a seemingly simple practice, have come to value the natural world.
PAUL J. BAICICH is a conservation writer and editor and an avitourism consultant. He lives in Maryland.
MARGARET A. BARKER, a writer and educator in the Chesapeake Bay area, coordinated the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch.
May 21, 2015 - Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Monarch Butterfly Conservation Webinar Series: Monarch Research and Advanced Topics
Join Dr. Sonia Altizer, Dr. Lincoln Brower, and Dr. Karen Oberhauser in this advanced topics webinar about monarch research. You will learn about cutting edge monarch research using new techniques to answer questions about things like migration and population genetics. Additionally, learn about research in the areas of overwintering monarchs, disease spread, natural enemies, population trends, and climate change. You will also get a short overview about the new monarch book, titled Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly.
Presenters:Sonia Altizer, Monarch Health - Professor in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, where she and her students study monarch behavior, ecology, and interactions with a protozoan parasite. In 2006, she launched the citizen science project MonarchHealth from her lab, and also maintains a webpage dedicated to monarch parasites (www.monarchparasites.org).
Lincoln Brower, University of Florida - Lincoln has been involved in monarch research and conservation for over 60 years. He works in the fields of conservation, ecology and ecological chemistry of the monarch butterfly. He is a Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus for the University of Florida.
Karen Oberhauser, University of Minnesota Monarch Lab - Karen is a Professor in the Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota, where she and her students conduct research on several aspects of monarch butterfly ecology. In 1996, she and graduate student Michelle Prysby started the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, which engages hundreds of volunteers throughout North America. In 2013, Karen received a White House Champion of Change award for her work with Citizen Science.
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May 21, 2015 - Time: 3:30-4:30 Eastern Time -- LiveStream Broadcast Link
Lincoln Brower: A Life Among the Monarchs
Conservationists in Action Series - The National Conservation Training Center invites prominent conservationists, writers, historians, scientists, filmmakers, and educators to discuss their work to a broad and interested public. In this program NCTC Historian, Dr. Mark Madison, hosts an interview with Lincoln Brower, Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida and Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College.
Lincoln Brower has been studying the North American monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, for more than 50 years, and for 30 years he has made preservation of the unique migration of this butterfly a personal mission. Brower first began studying monarch butterfly biology in 1954 when he was a graduate student at Yale University. He currently is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology Emeritus at the University of Florida and Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. His research includes conservation of endangered biological phenomena and ecosystems, the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, chemical defense, mimicry, and scientific film making. He has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers on the monarch butterfly. Since 1977 he has been deeply involved with conservation of the monarch's overwintering and breeding habitats, and especially with the imperiled Oyamel fir forests in Mexico which he considers the Achille's heel of the monarch. To track deforestation, he recently formed a Geographic Information Systems team including students and colleagues from the University of Mexico, NASA, and Sweet Briar College. He also has been involved with several conservation initiatives to educate and help local Mexicans in their quest to save the forests.
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