Folks: Apologies for posting on something that doesn't relate to the actual sighting of a bird, but I thought the folks on this list might be interested in knowing that noted ornithologist John Fitzpatrick, of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University, will be giving a seminar at Middlebury College on Tuesday, February 12th, 12:30 in McCardell Bicentennial Hall (aka, the new science building) room 216. The title of his talk is "Birds can save the world ... and you can help them do it!" Everyone is welcome. Parking is available in the lower parking lot immediately west of the Bicentennial Hall.
Some of you know his role in announcing the potential rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in 2004. His professional work extends far beyond this, however. The biography he provided to us includes the following:
John W. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
Louis Agassiz Fuertes Director, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Professor, Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1978. Since 1995 he has been Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University. Previously (1988-1995), he was Executive Director of Archbold Biological Station, a private ecological research foundation in central Florida. From 1978 to 1989 he was Curator of Birds and Chairman of the Department of Zoology at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists' Union, served as its President (2000-2002), and in 1985 received its highest research honor (Brewster Award) for his research on ecology, social behavior, and conservation of the endangered Florida Scrub‑Jay. This long-term research project continues through the present. During the 1970s and ‘80s Fitzpatrick also led numerous scientific expeditions to remote areas of South America, especially the western Amazonian basin and the Andean foothills. Among his 110+ scientific articles and books, he has published extensively on tropical American birds, including original descriptions of 7 new bird species he discovered, a book (Neotropical Birds: Ecology and Conservation), and most recently, volume 9 of the Handbook of Birds of the World.
He has been engaged in applying science to real‑world conservation issues throughout his career. In central Florida, he helped design and implement a major network of ecological preserves by engaging scientists, public agencies, non‑governmental organizations, and private industry in the process. He has served on governing boards of The Nature Conservancy, the National Audubon Society, and the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, on numerous professional and conservation panels, and on three Endangered Species Recovery Teams. He enjoys hiking and watercolor painting, has been a bird‑watcher since kindergarten, and lives on a beautiful hillside near Ithaca, NY with his wife, Molly, and two children, Sarah and Dylan.
Dr. Stephen C. Trombulak
Department of Biology and Program in Environmental Studies
Middlebury, Vermont 05753