Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Fall 2023

Speaker Series/Club Events

Thurs., Oct. 12, 2023, 5:30pm*
ECOC Clubhouse Event: Birds and Brews  
5:30-6:45 or dark (whichever comes first!) – Bunker Meadows, Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
7:00-8:00 pm – True North Brewery, Ipswich
Location: Meet at Mass Audubon’s IRWS parking lot, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA

We’ll walk down to the tower overlooking Bunker Meadows to watch the spectacle of many hundreds of migratory ducks flying in and gathering to spend the night. (A flashlight/headlamp is recommended.) When it gets too dark we will head back to the parking lot and work our way over to True North Brewery to sample the beer and talk about our experience. All are welcome to join for either or both phases of the event, but please register for Bunker Meadows since the tower has limited capacity.

* Please contact Jim McCoy to register for the Bunker Meadows walk.

Friday, November 10, 2023, 7:45pm (Revised program date)
Bicycling, Birding, and #BLM Across America in a Summer of Chaos
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm 
In-person | Morse Auditorium, PEM
Please pre-register here and bring your ticket with you
Or join on Zoom here
Free and open to the public

     Through vivid photographs and videos, Dr. Scott V. Edwards, professor and curator of ornithology at Harvard University, brings us along on his 76-day, 3,800-mile bicycle trek across the United States in the summer of 2020, when the world was leveled by a pandemic and outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others. As he recollects riding through varied landscapes and communities with “Black Lives Matter” signs affixed to his bicycle, Edwards will reflect upon the people, landscapes and birds that he encountered, and convey the challenges, generosity and hope that inspired and surprised him throughout his journey. His two-wheeled story is a clarion call to people from all walks of life to enjoy the open road, make connections across divides and help break down stereotypes attached to people of color in the United States – all with binoculars in hand.

This lecture is made possible by a generous gift from The Echo Charitable Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the PEM.

About the Presenter

     Dr. Scott V. Edwards’ interest in ornithology and natural history began when he was a child growing up in Riverdale, the Bronx, where he undertook his first job in environmental science at an environmental institute called Wave Hill. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1986. As an undergraduate, Edwards took a year off from his studies to learn what it is that biologists do. He spent six months volunteering at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, then gained his first field experience assisting with research on the natural history and conservation of native birds in Hawaii and northern California.

     He returned to Harvard to finish his degree, and enrolled in the PhD program in Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. After 9 years teaching at the University of Washington, he returned to Harvard as a professor in 2003. His research on the evolution of birds has taken him around the world, and he has devoted his career to increasing the presence of BIPOC in the environmental sciences. He has won numerous awards both for his research and for his efforts to increase diversity in the biological sciences.

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Directions to the Peabody Essex Museum

PEM Connect Building is at 135 Essex Street, next door to PEM’s main entrance (at the corner of Essex and Liberty St. in Salem, MA). Morse Auditorium is in PEM’s main building. Note: if severe weather is forecast, call 978-745-1876 to confirm event.

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