Ecologist Richard Hall will present the second talk in the Natural History Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 12. His presentation, “Birding Through the Seasons in Athens-Clarke County,” will take place in the auditorium of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library, preceded by a reception with coffee and cookies. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History and the Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and is free and open to all.
Nestled between the two forks of the Oconee River, on a migratory corridor connecting Latin America to the boreal forest, Athens is blessed with a great diversity of bird life.
“Thanks to the rich history of ornithology at UGA, the museum collections, and pioneering efforts of citizen scientists recording their sightings online, the Athens-Clarke County bird list totals over 250 species,” said Hall. “This talk will survey the breeding, wintering and migratory birds found in Athens, including tips on when and where to find them, and speculate as to which species we can expect to see more of (and less of) in a warmer world,” he said.
An associate research scientist in the University of Georgia Odum School of Ecology and College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases, Hall uses mathematical models to predict how migratory species respond to global change. He is a former president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, a member of the Georgia Ornithological Society Checklists and Records Committee and editor of From the Field, a quarterly report of noteworthy Georgia bird sightings.
The Natural History Lecture Series is organized by the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, a non-profit organization that supports and advances the mission and programs of the Museum by increasing public awareness, supporting service and outreach programs, fundraising and mobilizing other resources.
To learn more about the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, see http://www.gmnhfriends.org/.
The talk coincides with an exhibit featuring rare watercolors from John Abbot, one of Georgia’s earliest naturalists, part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the James W. Woodruff, Sr. Center for the Natural History of Georgia.