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October 2017

Marie Read presents: Sierra Wings: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin

October 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Marie Read’s photography of California’s iconic Mono Lake and environs reveals the fascinating birdlife of this spectacular birding hotspot, which is a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site of International Importance. Tufa towers rise above the surface of Mono Lake’s highly saline/alkaline water, which teems with brine shrimp and alkali flies. Many breeding and migratory birds, including California Gulls, Wilson’s and Red-necked phalaropes, and Eared Grebes are attracted to the feast. Pinyon Jay, Violet-green Swallow, Sage Thrasher, and Lewis’s and…

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November 2017

Steve Nanz and Janet Zinn Present: Wild and Wonderful Cuba!

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Bee Hummingbird

Birders have been quick to take advantage of easier access to Cuba by US residents, attracted by the lure of 27 endemic species, warm Caribbean weather, and a fascinating culture. Last March four Brooklyn Bird Club members took a trip together to this wonderful country in search of birds, music, and of course, mojitos. Join Steve and Heidi Nanz, Janet Zinn, and Alan Baratz as they recount their trip in photos, and answer any questions you may have about traveling…

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January 2018

Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime Present: Victory at Sea: Offshore in the Age of Big Data

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Join pelagic junkies Doug Gochfeld and Sean Sime as they discuss how Brooklyn became the "go deep or go home" pelagic mecca and how analyzing seabird data Atlantic-wide has paid immediate dividends in NY waters. Since the 1970’s New York based pelagics have evolved from “Let’s go offshore” trips to nowhere to targeted strikes overlaying sea surface temperature, wind, and chlorophyll charts in concert with our ever increasing knowledge of seasonal bird movements. With each new trip unknowns are becoming…

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February 2018

The Messenger — A documentary screening

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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The Messenger

Join the Brooklyn Bird Club and NYC Audubon to learn about the many conservation issues threatening migratory birds as we screen The Messenger, the award-winning documentary exploring our deep-seated connection to birds and the uncertain fate of migratory songbirds. View the trailer here:  http://songbirdsos.com/

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March 2018

Members’ Photo Night

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Join us for the ever-popular Members' Photo Night and enjoy images of birds and nature presented by the many talented photographers in the club.  Members Chang Peng, Heidi Cleven, August Davidson Onsgard, Don Riepe, Jennifer Kepler, and Rusty Harold will be presenting.

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April 2018

Rivers, climate change, and birds: Patterns of avian diversity across western and central African tropical forests

April 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Presented by Jerry Huntley, Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of History. Using genetic information gathered from natural history collections and field expeditions to West Africa, Jerry Huntley's team examined 70 species of African forest bird.  From this data, they hope to have a better understanding of how potential barriers to movement within the forest (such as rivers and savannahs) and historical climate change have shaped the distribution of birds that we see today, especially from a genetics standpoint.

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May 2018

Climate, human effects, and the collapse of Caribbean bat biodiversity.

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Presented by Angelo Soto-Centeno, professor of Evolutionary Biology at Rutgers University – Newark and most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. Angelo was born in Puerto Rico, and since early childhood he experienced island biodiversity first hand. His fascination with animals that can fly led him on a path to study bats, a group of one the most misunderstood mammals worldwide. Today, he travels the Caribbean islands searching and documenting living and fossil species of…

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June 2018

Katie Fallon presents: Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Vultures are often overlooked, underappreciated, and unloved, despite the vital role they play healthy ecosystems. Worldwide, vultures are more likely to be threatened or endangered than any other group of raptor, but in the United States Turkey and Black Vultures may be increasing in number. Based on Katie Fallon’s new book, this presentation will discuss the life and times of the noble Turkey Vulture, including its feeding, nesting, and roosting habits, migratory behaviors, and common misconceptions. Katie Fallon lives in…

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July 2018

Film Screening: Young of the Year

July 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Between the predators, the tourists, and the long migration ahead, life is a challenge for the roseate tern, especially during the first summer of life. This documentary follows the first summer of life for a cohort of terns as they prepare for their first long migration from the coast of Massachusetts to the beaches of Brazil.   Presented by filmmaker Kris Holodak, a screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with Kris about her experiences in creating this film.…

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September 2018

Jason Gregg Presents: Working to Prevent Migratory Bird Slaughter in the Mediterranean

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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For the past two years, Jason Gregg has traveled with the Committee Against Bird Slaughter to join other activists in the fight against widespread poaching of migratory birds in Cyprus, Italy, and Spain. Each year, twenty-five million birds are killed by poachers in the Mediterranean area. Jason J. Gregg is a conservation biologist and activist based in the United States. He has worked with Point Blue Conservation Science, the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, the Peregrine Fund as well as…

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