About Monthly Membership Meetings
Each month from September through May, South Shore Audubon Society presents a nature-themed program. All are invited to attend; and there is absolutely no charge.
DATE: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - TO BE HELD ONLINE
TIME: 7:30 P.M.
PLACE: TO BE HELD ONLINE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Speaker(s): Mike Andersen
Topic: Towards a Stable Taxonomy of the Birds of the World
Details: Advances in DNA sequencing have improved our understanding of the evolutionary relationships of birds. In this talk, Mike Andersen will discuss what is happening in this exciting area of research called systematics. He will explain why changes to the order and names of birds occur by linking scientific discovery to taxonomic reclassification. He will give an overview of the birds of the world by focusing on key clades, including the so called “magnificent seven.” The overarching goal of this talk is to encourage you to see taxonomy as an exciting window into the evolutionary biology of birds.
Mike Andersen is Assistant Professor of Biology and Curator of Genomic Resources in the Museum of Southwestern Biology at the University of New Mexico. He is a lifelong birder, having grown up on Long Island, NY where he started birding. He graduated from Cornell University in 2004 and worked in the Macaulay Library at the Lab of Ornithology before moving to the University of Kansas, where he received his PhD in 2013. He is a systematic ornithologist and he studies the diversity and biogeography of birds on islands in the South Pacific.
Zoom information will be posted here before the meeting.
Speaker(s): Ken Elkins
Topic: All About Owls
Details: Open your eyes wide for a fascinating look into the secret lives of all eleven species of owls that have been known to appear on Long Island. A few species are much more common than most people realize, but we’ll discuss the threats to all owls created by humans. The group will learn more about their natural history by sharing their personal experiences with owls.
Ken Elkins, Community Conservation Manager, Audubon CT/NY. Ken’s interest in birds started when he was 10 years old, while watching the birds at his grandmother’s feeders in Vermont, and he has been obsessed ever since. After earning a degree in 1998 in Environmental Biology and Interpretation from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, he started his career in conservation education at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, CT and quickly moved on to the Connecticut Audubon Society. There, he was Director of Education, leading many EcoTravel trips, and led their World Series of Birding team for 8 years. In 2008, Ken moved on to National Audubon, where he is the Community Conservation Manager based at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury. As a 2011 TogetherGreen Fellow, Ken co-developed the nationally recognized Bird Tales program and training materials with dementia care specialist Randy Griffin. He has trained over 100 dementia care staff and volunteers to implement the Bird Tales program in 10 states, Canada, and Great Britain. Ken is past President of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He has served as the Christmas Bird Count compiler for the Woodbury-Roxbury CBC since 2012 and is a Regional Coordinator for the 2018- 2020 Connecticut Bird Atlas project.