Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar
Speaker Series/Club Events
Friday, April 5th, 7:45pm
Galapagos, Darwin, and Biology’s Biggest Discovery
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
In-person | Morse Auditorium, PEM
Please preregister (link coming soon!) and bring your ticket with you
Or join via Zoom (link coming soon!)
Free and open to the public
The Galapagos archipelago holds a special fascination for birders, naturalists, and biologists worldwide, in large part due to the endemic Darwin’s finches and how this unique group of birds shaped Charles Darwin’s perception of evolution. The mockingbirds of the same islands are less famous but similarly had a profound influence on Darwin’s thinking. Over 30 bird species, as well as the famous tortoises, marine and land iguanas, and much more are endemic to the archipelago, found nowhere else on Earth. Professor John Kricher, co-author of The Galapagos: A Natural History (2nd Edition), will discuss why the Galapagos Islands have become such an icon of evolutionary biology and why they remain one of the most popular tour destinations.
A brief meeting of the club will be held from 7:30-7:45 pm.
This event is made possible by a gift from club members Joanie and Tim Ingraham in memory of PEM trustee and former ECOC member Dorothy (“Dotty”) Addams Brown and co-hosted by PEM and supported by the Lowell Institute. All are welcome to attend!
He is the recipient of several awards including the Alexander F. Skutch Medal for Excellence in Neotropical Ornithology from the Association of Field Ornithologists. Among his various books, he authored A Neotropical Companion and its 2017 revision The New Neotropical Companion; Tropical Ecology, now the leading textbook on global tropical ecology; and Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior (2020). In 2022 He and Kevin Loughlin of Wildside Nature Tours published an update of Krichers previous book Galapagos: A Natural History (2006). The revision, with hundreds of photos, is extensive, including taxonomy of several endemic birds which had changed since the original publication. The book goes far beyond birds to cover the islands’ history, geology, ecology, marine as well as terrestrial natural history, plus descriptions of the landing sites at the various islands.
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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