THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015 Studying Evolution on the Galápagos Islands by Dr. James Bednarz
Following in the footsteps of Darwin, Dr. Bednarz, Professor of Biology, University of North Texas, will take us to the exotic Galapagos Islands for a close-up look at the endangered Galapagos Hawk. It is characteristic of this species that females regularly mate with more than one male. Jim served as Hawk Mountain Sanctuary director of research and higher education from 1987 to 1990.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015 Wind Energy and Birds by Amanda M. Hale
Dr. Hale, Associate Professor, Biology Dept. at Texas Christian University, is a broadly trained ecologist with interests in behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and conservation. She has field experience in a wide range of habitats across the U.S. and Costa Rica. For her graduate research, she used a combination of traditional field ecology and genetics to investigate the behavioral ecology of Neotropical, group-living birds. Since 2009, she has been investigating the indirect and direct effects of wind turbines on birds and bats at Wolf Ridge Wind, LLC. and at a 112.5 MW wind farm located in north-central Texas. She is also collaborating with Dean Williams on an ongoing conservation genetics study of the threatened Texas horned lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015 Birds of Costa Rica by Jim Peterson
Jim Peterson has been an avid birder and bird conservation leader and educator in Texas for over thirty years. Jim has worked for National Audubon Society and was Curator of Birds, Dallas Museum of Natural History from 1986-1994. Jim served in a volunteer capacity as President of the Texas Ornithological Society from 1993-1995. He is the co-author of "Birds of the Trans-Pecos" and has been the Dallas Christmas Bird Count compiler since 1987. Jim also manages the popular nctexasbirds.com which continues the work of North-Central Texas birding legend Warren Pulich.
THURSDAY, APRIL16, 2015 How Extreme Weather Affects Flora and Fauna with Jim Varnum
Jim will talk about climate, weather and extreme weather and the effect on animals and plants. Hurricanes, droughts, polar vortices (that's the new term for last winter's weather) - affect people for many miles around. Our gardens dry out, our city imposes water moratoria, we get cabin fever watching the Weather Channel, etc. But what about the flora and fauna around us? Plants dry out and burn, birds are thrown miles off course, and land features are rearranged.
DIRECTIONS AND MAP
Going South on I -75 (Central Expressway): Exit Loop 12/NW Highway. Follow signs to Loop 12 East (second fork and to the right) and merge onto TX-12 Loop East. Travel about 2.5 miles and take a right at West Lawther Drive. The main entrance to C. C. Young will be on your right, marked with a large C. C. Young sign. See map below for parking instructions.
Going North on I -75 (Central Expressway): Exit Texas Loop 12/NW Highway. Follow signs to the right (TX-12 Loop East) and merge onto TX-12 Loop East. Travel about 2.5 miles and take a right at West Lawther Drive. The main entrance to C. C. Young will be on your right, marked with a large C. C. Young sign. See map below for parking instructions.
Going East on East Mockingbird: Take the White Rock Lake/West Lawther Drive Exit to the right (this is approximately 1.6 miles from Abrams Rd.) At the stop sign go left onto West Lawther Dr. and stay in the middle lane The main entrance to C. C. Young will be on your left, marked with a large C. C. Young sign. See map below for parking instructions.
Going West on East Mockingbird: Take the White Rock Lake/West Lawther Drive Exit to the right. At the stop sign go right onto W. Lawther Dr. and get into the far left lane The main entrance to C. C. Young will be on your left, marked with a large C. C. Young sign. See map below for parking instructions.
The DART Train to White Rock Station is a nearby alternative. Be aware that you will need to walk from, and back to, the station across Northwest Highway.