[CT Birds] A Night of Prehistoric Bird Mysteries

Amy Hopkins hopkinsus at cs.com
Fri Apr 10 01:25:03 EDT 2015

How did birds manage to survive when an asteroid caused the dinosaurs' demise? Can you really tell from fossils if a bird was able to fly? Why are modern birds so incredibly diverse? The answers to these burning bird questions, and more, will surprise and delight you during a fascinating evening of delving into prehistoric bird mysteries. Daniel Field, a doctoral candidate at Yale University and recognized expert in avian paleontology, will be the guest speaker at The Parrot Club's April 14 meeting, and the public is welcome to attend the program.

Field's talk, "From Big Years to Big Epochs: Birding Meets Paleontology," will explore the vast diversity of today's birds through the lens of the fossil record, revealing how birds' characteristic specializations - feathers, flight and warm-bloodedness - came to be. Field devotes time both to hunting for rare and unusual fossils and to observing and photographing living birds, and he'll share images and insights about birds from around the world.

Field is a widely published researcher in the field of vertebrate paleontology whose studies focus on such topics as the evolutionary origins of modern avian diversity. He has spent many months in the field studying and photographing birds and has observed firsthand nearly 2,300 wild species in North and South America, Australasia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Japan. His wildlife videos and images have appeared in academic publications, press releases, magazine

Where: The Parrot Club
When: Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $3, under 12 free
Parking: Plentiful and free!

Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Drive
East Hartford, CT


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