Conservation Seminar Series
Our Conservation Seminar Series features monthly presentations on topics of bird research and conservation, perceptions about the environment, and the fascinating people who are working on these topics. In 2020 and 2021 we will also include conversations about important environmental issues in southern California and beyond.
During this pandemic, we will be delivering the talks virtually via Zoom webinars. Pre-Registration is required, and capacity is limited. Tickets can be purchased on our Eventbrite page.
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The Emilie Snethlage Expedition: Women Studying Birds in the Amazon Forest by Glaucia Del-Rio and Anna Hiller (April 29, 2022)
The online talk covered the adventures of eight women, bird specialists, in one of the remotest areas of the Amazon Forest. Glaucia Del-Rio and Anna Hiller talked about the first ornithological expedition lead and undertaken exclusively by women, the Emilie Snethlage Expedition.The online talk covered the adventures of eight women, bird specialists, in one of the remotest areas of the Amazon Forest. Glaucia Del-Rio and Anna Hiller talked about the first ornithological expedition lead and undertaken exclusively by women, the Emilie Snethlage Expedition.
The expedition honored an amazing woman, one of the most important Amazonian ornithologists, that described almost 40 bird taxa in the beginning of the twentieth century. Of all the Amazon's major tributaries, the only one Emilie Snethlage never sampled was the Juruá River. Glaucia and Anna will talk about the Juruá birds, their days in the field and the remarkable scientific discoveries made in their trip!
From Tundra to Steppe to Desert and Forest: Tracking Data Provides Insight into Ecology and Conservation of North America’s Golden Eagles
by Dr. Trish Miller (February 25, 2022)
Dr. Trish Miller has been tracking and studying eagles for more than 15 years. In this webinar, she shared gleanings from her research in the next WFVZ Conservation Seminar Series presentation, “From Tundra to Steppe to Desert and Forest: Tracking Data Provides Insight into Ecology and Conservation of North America’s Golden Eagles.”
Wild Spectacle: An Evening with Janisse Ray
(January 28th, 2022)
Janisse Ray, the bestselling author of “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” shared her new memoir, “Wild Spectacle.” Looking for adventure and self-discovery, Janisse Ray has repeatedly immersed herself in wildness. From overwintering with butterflies in Mexico to counting birds in Belize, her stories capture the joys of heart-pounding amazement, discovery of romance, and becoming a better human.Reflecting on the sights of explorers like Bartram and Sacagawea, Ray documents experiences that are rare in an age of increasingly virtual, urban life, alongside disappearing habitat, declining biodiversity, and climate change. From Alaska to Central America, she questions what it means to travel as a woman, speculates on the impacts of ecotourism, and wonders if future generations will make substantive change. “Wild Spectacle” explores the wild earth and invites us to question its known and unknown beauties and curiosities.
The Real James Bond, given by Jim Wright (Friday, October 29th, 2021)
In 1952, Ian Fleming stole the name of a famous ornithologist and explorer named James Bond (1900-1989), the author of the trail-blazing Birds of the West Indies. This colorfully illustrated talk focused on Bond, the Fleming connection, and some of the birds, bird eggs (including Harpy Eagle eggs from the WFVZ) and other species that Bond collected.
There are some 007 moments as well, in keeping with the new James Bond movie, No Time to Die.In 1952, Ian Fleming stole the name of a famous ornithologist and explorer named James Bond (1900-1989), the author of the trail-blazing Birds of the West Indies.
Preserved but not forgotten: how preserved eggs continue to provide insights into avian ecology,
given by Dr. Daniel Hanley (24 September 2021)
Hanley shared how he has used objective color measurements of eggs preserved in natural history collections to study trait diversity, interspecific interactions, and how climate shapes eggshell colors around the globe. Specifically, his research has uncovered that the (limited) diversity of colors found in birds’ eggs can be explained by relatively few eggshell pigments, including two newly discovered eggshell pigments.
Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod's Talk for Cal Lutheran University's Fifty and Better Mid Summer Lecture (Jun 30,2021): "The Bald Eagle: Finding Inspiration in an Execrable Tyrant of Bad Moral Character," a look at the bald eagle through art and literature from the early American colonial period to today.
The Evolution of Nest Design in the Family of Old World Weaver,
given by Jackie Childers (29 January 2021)
Jackie spoke on recent analysis of data collected at museums around the world, including at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, to assess the evolutionary history and phylogenetic patterns of nest design.
The Journey of René Corado (30 October 2020)
René Corado, the Collections Manager of WFVZ, shared his amazing and inspiring life's journey from shoeshine boy, to biologist, to recipient of the Ambassador of Peace award for the country of Guatemala.
Culture Vultures, given by WFVZ Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod
(25 September 2020)
WFVZ Science Education Coordinator Paul Grindrod presented on the subject of Vultures--particularly on Turkey Vultures—as portrayed through western art and literature. Drawing both from environmental humanities and from the ecology and life histories of these often reviled scavengers, Paul explored how Vultures have been perceived and conceived through historical and contemporary natural history literature, poetry, personal essays, and six centuries of avian illustration.