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February 2019

Eric Powers Presents: Quail vs. Ticks

February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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“Ranger Eric” as students know him, is a biologist, teacher, photographer, outdoorsman, and overall nature-lover. He started leading nature hikes in 1987 as a Park Ranger in Colorado until he served two years in the US Peace Corps as an Environmental Education Officer. Since then, he has been running nature centers in Colorado, Alabama and New York. In 2005 he started, “Your Connection to Nature” (YC2N), dedicated to meaningful environmental education programs and eco-tourism, these programs connect classrooms to field…

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March 2019

Grace Markman Presents: Homegrown Strategies: Saving our Native Flora

March 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Grace has worked as a field botanist and educator in New York City and the Northeast for over thirty years. Her workshop will focus on successful strategies that have been utilized to conserve and promote our native flora. A power point presentation will be given on creative projects initiated by both individuals and small groups in New York City and the Northeast. Can you help initiate a native plant arboretum or create a new plant corridor? We will consider positive…

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April 2019

Tom Gray Presents: The Amazing Birds of South East Asia

April 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn, 11225
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Tom Gray is the Director of Science for the conservation organization Wildlife Alliance. He recently moved to upper Manhattan, with Fort Tyron Park slowly becoming his local patch, after 15 years living and working in South East Asia. This talk will focus on some of the remarkable birds of South East Asia, particularly Cambodia, and the conservation efforts focused to conserve them in the face of the region’s rapidly growing economies and shrinking wildernesses. Tom will describe expeditions looking for…

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May 2019

Tessa Boase Presents: Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather: Fashion, Fury and Feminism – Women’s Fight for Change

May 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn, 11225
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For half a century, from the 1870s to the 1920s, women on both sides of the Atlantic were gripped by a fashion craze that decreed all hats should be laden with feathers. Not just feathers, but wings, bird and whole bodies of birds – often several birds at a time. Species the world over were slowly brought to the brink of extinction, and all for the sake of millinery. Campaigning on behalf of the birds was a small band of…

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September 2019

Bats at Prospect Park Zoo, Presented by the Wildlife Conservation Society Staff and Paul Keim

September 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn, 11225
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Come learn about the bats native to our area  with a presentation from Wildlife Conservation Society Employees who are studying the bat diversity within the grounds of our WCS institutions. We will conclude our evening with a walk, with naturalist Paul Keim, on zoo grounds looking for bats and other evening fauna that call the natural areas of the zoo home. This meeting will take place inside the Prospect Park Zoo in the Conservation Classroom, please wear comfortable shoes to…

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October 2019

Members Photo and Art Night

October 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn, 11225
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BBC Members are invited to share their photos, media, and new for this meeting, bird art! Please register to present by emailing Jen Kepler with digital files of your photos, video, and/or artworks. We ask for a submission of up to 10 files per presenter to share with the club. Please be prepared to share a little about you, the stories behind your work and the equipment/media used. We ask that photos and videos have been captured ethically, according to ABA…

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November 2019

Bird Friendly Coffee presented by Lily Mleczko

November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn, 11225
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Please join our guest speaker, Lily Mleczko, as she discusses her graduate work surrounding Bird Friendly coffee. Lily will discuss the specifics of what it takes for farmers to get certified as “Bird Friendly,” why the certification is so important to conservation, how it benefits our local bird species and how you can help support the initiative. Lily has studied birds throughout her career. She obtained her undergraduate degree while studying Gunnison sage grouse in Colorado, before returning east to…

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January 2020

The Galapagos: Home of Evolution Presented by Bobbi Manian and Tom Stephenson

January 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Note: This meeting will be held at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Branch Six hundred miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador sit a chain of volcanic islands that are home to a range of fascinating and unique animals. Because of its isolation, the Galapagos has served as a workshop in evolution. The slight variation of some of the birds from island to island triggered the imagination of Charles Darwin, which led him to develop his world-changing theory of evolution.…

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February 2020

How to Take Better Photos of Birds: Presented by Tom Stephenson and August Onsgard

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Birds make beautiful pictures. And photos can be useful in making tough IDs and also serve as memories of great experiences. But birds can be very difficult to photograph well. This workshop covers everything you need to know to make great, sharp bird photos. We will cover camera basics, how to set up for different conditions, advanced tips and tricks for the field; and also the importance of post-processing and how to make a good photo look professional. Tom Stephenson's articles and photographs are in museums and…

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March 2020

CANCELLED: eBird: The Ferrari You Haven’t Taken Out of First Gear! Presented by Sean Sime

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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NOTE, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 RELATED SUSPENSION OF PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY.  To be rescheduled at a later date. Sean Sime, a professional photographer, eBird regional reviewer and long time member of the Brooklyn birding community will lead an interactive discussion on eBird's functionality beyond "just checklists" and how we as birders barely scratch the surface of its' utility. In this meeting Sean will be giving us a brief overview of eBird, what his contribution…

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