Above - From my presentation at the January 9th, 2018 regular meeting of the Linnaean Society of New York: A Birder's Perspective on Global Warming with Notes on the Conservation of Climate. Upper right - The Selected References List from the program. (click to enlarge) See other climate science references posted on FaceBook open group: Climate Tool Kit.
Climate is the most important topic locally, nationally, and globally to concern this generation. The decisions made now, individually and in common, at all politcal levels, will determine if our children and grandchildren will be able to struggle through the dramatic changes that will come to pass.
Above: Field sketch of Barn Owl, April 2018, Central Park NYC.
Below: Original artwork for handout - May 5th 2018 New York Historical Society Walk in the Ramble
One of the many things birders can do to advance the cause of conservation around the world is to patronize local businesses around the world engaged in conservation. On our visit to Lisboa October/November 2016, we took a birdwatching day trip with Birds and Nature Tours Portugal. Our excellent naturalist/birding guide Bernardo knew all the "secret spots", and he had the timing down to get to them at the right time of day for optimal spotting. Being a local he has a lifetime of knowledge of the the seasons and tides. If I'd of rented a car to explore on our own, we'd still be lost somewhere in the ricefields!
Above: Two of the scores of species we saw in and around the Tajus Nature Reserve on our October trip with Bernardo. My birding list from that visit has over 80 species with about half of them life birds. We've been to Europe several times and I always find time to bird on the side, so an additional 40 species to my life list was quite a surprise. I'm going back with them in an upcoming spring.
Nature Walks of Central Park, by Dennis Burton, former Chief Woodsman for the Central Park Conservancy, and currently rerstoration ecologist for the New York City Parks Department. With his deep knowledge of natural history, literature and New York history, Dennis has given us in this guide the information to discover Central Park's ancient history, man-made history, and wild side in the plants and special places for ourselves. The book is available in print on demand and ebook form from Barnes and Noble and Amazon, as well as Create Space. Click on the Book Plates / Covers page of this site to see the color chapter plates of the book. To see the black and white botanical illustrations, ( that I made with help from the subject plants in the park), you'll have to buy the book. All images of Nature Walks of Central Park are copyrighted by the author Dennis Burton and the artist. The cover design and photo are copyright of the author and Jenn Thwing. The book is a production of Regina Ryan Books, New York NY.
Field Sketch - Red-tailed Hawk Nest, Central Park 9" X 12" graphite and white gouache on Bristol paper I have taught nature drawing this classes for The Wild Bird Fund, New York City Audubon Society, and the New York Historical Society.
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