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North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring

February 11, 2019

with Bruce Beehler

In late March 2015, ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler set off on a solo four-month trek to track songbird migration and the northward progress of spring through America. Traveling via car, canoe, and bike and on foot, Beehler followed woodland warblers and other Neotropical songbird species from the southern border of Texas, where the birds first arrive after their winter sojourns in South America and the Caribbean, northward through the Mississippi drainage to its headwaters in Minnesota and onward to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. In North on the Wing, Beehler describes both the epic migration of songbirds across the country and the gradual dawning of springtime through the U.S. heartland–the blossoming of wildflowers, the chorusing of frogs, the leafing out of forest canopies–and also tells the stories of the people and institutions dedicated to studying and conserving the critical habitats and processes of spring songbird migration. Inspired in part by Edwin Way Teale’s landmark 1951 book North with the Spring, this book–part travelogue, part field journal, and part environmental and cultural history–is a fascinating first-hand account of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. It engages readers in the wonders of spring migration and serves as a call for the need to conserve, restore, and expand bird habitats to preserve them for future generations of both birds and humans.

BRUCE M. BEEHLER is an ornithologist, naturalist, conservationist, author, and lecturer. He is a research associate in the division of birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He is best known for coleading a survey of biological diversity in the Foja Mountains of Papua New Guinea in 2005, during which the Wattled Smoky Honeyeater was discovered and the Bronze Parotia and Golden-fronted Bowerbird were photographed for the first time. He has published eleven books about nature, most recently Birds of New Guinea.

Farmland Bird Research in the Connecticut River Valley

March 11, 2019

with Isabel Brofsky, M.Sc. candidate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Birding Honduras

April 8, 2019

with Sam Fried

At the crossroads of the Americas, Honduras offers an amazing array of habitats, including Caribbean coastline, mangrove swamps, lowland dry forests and mountainous cloud forest.  As a result, the variety of bird species is astonishing.  On this tour, we visit the mountains of western Honduras near the capital city of Tegucigalpas, the ancient Maya city of Copan, the central Blue Mountains and world famous Pico Bonito Lodge along the Caribbean in the east.  The birding is extraordinary and the scenery is no less spectacular.

Sam Fried is a photographer, writer, and birding tour guide with over 1000 photographs and 56 feature articles published in field guides, books, newspapers and magazines worldwide, including National Audubon, National Geographic, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birding and Living Bird Quarterly and various golf magazines.  Wrote several chapters of the Insight Guides book on birding in North America, published by The Discovery Channel.  Approximately 500 photo presentations to a wide variety of organizations.  Regular speaker and field trip leader at The Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.  Founder of Flights of Fancy Adventures, LLC, a birding, photography and natural history travel company offering small group, low cost, high quality birding trips.  Past President of Hartford Audubon Society.

Spirits of Spring: Warblers and More

May 13, 2019

with John Van de Graaff


Raptor Rehabilitation

June 10, 2019

with Tom Ricardi…and live raptors!


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