Essex County Ornithological Club Calendar

Summer / Fall 2022

Speaker Series/Club Events

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022 | 7:45 pm
The Once and Future Salt Marsh
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
Morse Auditorium, PEM
Free and open to the public

Also available via Zoom Here

Find out about The Once and Future Salt Marsh exhibit, an art and science collaboration exploring the beauty and fragility of the North Shore’s Great Marsh.

Silk painting of Saltmarsh sparrow by Susan Quateman. Courtesy of the artist.

The artists behind this project, Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett, will share their artwork and stories of three species featured in the exhibit that call the marsh “home” — Saltmarsh sparrow, Rainbow smelt and Fiddler crab. The artists will be joined by project collaborator and salt marsh expert Dr. Robert Buchsbaum. Currently on view at 3 locales at the Parker River Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island, the exhibit highlights the effects of climate change on this vital regional ecosystem. Co-sponsored by PEM.

About the Presenters

Artists Susan Quateman and Leslie Bartlett have been collaborating for the past 6 years – combining their skills of vibrant silk painting, environmental science and planning, landscape photography and graphic design. They create art and science exhibits that focus on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change on the New England coastal landscape, and landscape resilience to climate change.

Robert Buchsbaum, PhD, recently retired as a Conservation Scientist at Mass Audubon, where he carried out environmental research and advised the organization on ecological issues over his 32 year tenure. Dr. Buchsbaum has a particular interest in how climate change is affecting the flora and fauna of salt marshes. He served as an advisor for The Once and Future Salt Marsh and is also a past president of the Essex County Ornithological Club.

Friday, November 4 | 7:45 pm
Sound as Enrichment for Birds and Other Animals
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
Morse Auditorium, PEM
Free and open to the public

Zoos can expose the disconnect between humans and other species by displaying the imbalance between visitors seeking entertainment and animals suffering from a lack of meaningful interactions. Dr. Rébecca Kleinberger will present her collaborations with zoos, wildlife experts, and preservation centers to benefit animals in managed care, using technology — specifically sound.

Sampson, a hyacinth macaw at the San Diego Zoo, with "Joy Branch." Photo by Rébecca Kleinberger.

These interventions range from “Joy Branch,” an ergonomic interface that allows a Macaw to control his sonic environment, to an incubator that maintains vocal interaction between bird parents and eggs during artificial incubation, to an acoustic monitoring system for real-time classification of giant panda vocalization. Through these examples, this talk proposes insights and principles to help re-envision zoos of the future, with a focus on sound, for the benefit of the animals and their wellbeing. Co-sponsored by PEM.

About the Presenter

Rébecca Kleinberger, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Northeastern University, holding joint appointments with the College of Arts, Media, and Design and Khoury College of Computer Sciences. She is also a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Her work mixes science, engineering, design, and art to create experiences that transform otherness into togetherness. Her projects aim to create deep connections between people, within oneself, or across species. Her research spans a wide range of fields, including neurology, human-computer interaction, psychology, cognitive sciences, physics, biology, clinical research, linguistics, communication theory, and assistive technologies. She has over ten years of experience researching and creating new voice technologies and technologically-mediated interspecies interventions. She has developed and deployed sonic and vocal interventions for animals in zoos and in the wild.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 | 7:45 pm
The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy
ECOC meeting 7:30-7:45pm
Morse Auditorium, PEM
Free and open to the public

Scary headlines about the decline of the natural world that serves as our life support have spurred homeowners across the country to take action by planting natives that will help reverse this trend. No plant will achieve this faster than one of our 91 species of oaks. Oaks support more species of animals, sequester more carbon, protect watersheds, and nourish soil communities better than any other plant genus in North America. Dr. Doug Tallamy, author of The Nature of Oaks (2021), will discuss these roles by following the many fascinating things that are happening on the oaks in his yard each month of the year. His hope is to inspire people to plant and protect these vital, majestic, and life-giving trees. This event is made possible by a generous gift from The Echo Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by PEM.

About the Presenter

Doug Tallamy, PhD is a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored eighty research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, and other courses for thirty-two years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.
His book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens (2007) changed the conversation about gardening in America and was awarded the 2008 silver medal by the Garden Writers’ Association. Tallamy was awarded the Garden Club of America Margaret Douglas Medal for Conservation and the Tom Dodd Jr. Award of Excellence in 2013.

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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Please be advised: ECOC calendars are only sent via email, unless a member requests otherwise. The calendar can always be viewed here on our web site. Hard copies will also be available at programs.

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Essex County Ornithological Club 100th Anniversary Sponsors