[CT Birds] Exploring the Avian Tree of Life - upcoming talk

Amy Hopkins hopkinsus at cs.com
Fri Apr 22 02:17:04 EDT 2016

Join The Parrot Club for another exciting talk about avian evolutionary history on May 10.

Unraveling the evolutionary relationships among the majorgroups of living birds has been one of the greatest challenges in ornithologyfor over a century. Thanks to a recent Yale study, we are now developing aclearer picture of avian evolutionary history, and the antiquity of modernbirds. This new bird tree of life sheds long-sought light on how modern birdscame to be, and will change the way you think about the house sparrows and mourningdoves at your bird feeders and the parrots in your homes!

Daniel Field, adoctoral candidate at Yale University andrecognized expert in avian paleontology, will be the guest speaker at TheParrot Club's May 10 meeting, and the public is welcome to attend the program.  Field will be defending his doctoral thesison May 9 and will hopefully be Dr. Field by the time he joins us for thisexciting talk!

Field is a widelypublished researcher in the field of vertebrate paleontology whose studiesfocus on such topics as the evolutionary origins of modern avian diversity. Hehas spent many months in the field studying and photographing birds and hasobserved firsthand nearly 2,300 wild species in North and South America,Australasia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Japan. His wildlife videos andimages have appeared in academic publications, press releases, and magazines. 

Where: The Parrot Club, www.theparrotclub.org,www.facebook.com/theparrotclubct
When: Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Suggested Donation: $3, under 12 free
Veterans Memorial Clubhouse
100 Sunset Ridge Drive

East Hartford, CT

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