[CT Birds] This Wed: special guest - Chandler Robbins, a legendary ornithologist, will discuss "A Century of Change" @ Audubon Greenwich

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue Sep 10 14:05:53 EDT 2013

Apologies if this has already been sent to the list, but it will be a great talk!


From: Cordulack, Jeffrey
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:03 PM

Chandler S. Robbins discusses "A Century of Change in American Ornithology"

This Wednesday, September 11
6:30-8:30 pm @ Audubon Greenwich

At 95, the undisputed dean of American ornithologists, Chandler S. Robbins recently retired as Senior Scientist at the United States Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. In his sixty years with Patuxent, he conducted many important research projects, most notably on pesticides, forest fragmentation and neo-tropical migrants, his fieldwork on the last of these taking him to wide swaths of North, Central and South America.

He was the senior author of the innovative and very popular Golden Guide Birds of North America: a Guide to Field Identification, the originator of the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the author of its protocols, still in effect after almost fifty years. He has received every major award in American ornithology, including the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology's Arthur A. Allen Award (1979), the American Birding Association's Ludlow Griscom Award (1984), the American Ornithologists' Union's Elliott Coues Award (1997) and the Linnaean Society's Eisenmann Medal (1987), given for excellence in ornithology and encouragement of the amateur.

He writes of his talk, "Having recently attended the Centennial meeting of the Brookline Bird Club at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, I have done much reflecting on the vast changes in human knowledge, in technology, in daily living, in bird populations, in wildlife habitats, and in environmental changes that affect all of the above. It has been my unique privilege to have known most of the century's American ornithologists, to have given talks in 48 of the 50 states, and to have worked in one way or another (counting, tape recording, measuring, weighing, banding) with nearly all of North America's breeding bird species. Our challenge for the future is to restore the close connection that our grandparents had with the natural environment so urban young people of the future can appreciate and protect the natural environment in which they live."

A reception with Mr. Robbins at 6:30 pm will be followed by his presentation at 7:30 pm. Please RSVP to 203-869-5272 x 239. Audubon Members: $12; Non-Members: $20. Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT 06831 (note: John Street is still closed for bridge repairs)


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Jeff Cordulack
Events & Communications Manager
jcordulack at audubon.org<mailto:jcordulack at audubon.org>
203-869-5272 x239
203-613-8813 (cell)

Audubon Connecticut
& Audubon Greenwich
613 RIversville Road
Greenwich, CT 06831

Audubon Connecticut is the state office of the National Audubon Society. Our mission is to further the protection of birds, other wildlife and their habitats through science, education, advocacy and conservation, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

We envision a Connecticut with a rich and diverse natural heritage, where there is ample habitat for birds and other wildlife, where a majority of its people appreciate and participate in their natural environment, and whose children are educated and motivated to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow.

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x308

Fax: (203)264-6332

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