ALL ARE WELCOME. We encourage visitors, and would enjoy having you join us for a meeting or a field trip.

Meetings are lively proceedings, with a featured speaker or a special forum as well as reports from the various committees, announcements, and general field notes.

Meetings in the time of COVID-19

The Academy of Natural Sciences is closed to the public so we will not be able to meet in person. We will be holding the meeting through our new Zoom account. Virtual meetings allow us to adhere to social distancing protocols while also allowing more members who cannot normally make it into Center City Philadelphia on a Thursday night to attend.

Holding Virtual Meetings is a big change for the club. It will require us to spend money on a virtual meeting platform, take more effort from the Officers, and require speakers to change their presentations to work virtually. This new virtual meeting experience will also require you to adjust the way that you attend too.

1. We will be asking you to register for each meeting through an EventBrite form posted on the website. Each meeting will have a registration link. You must complete the form and “check out” even though the meeting is free (as always) and open to the public. Registration will remain open until 7:15 PM on the night of the meeting.

2. Once your registration is complete, you will be sent a Zoom link to use for that meeting.

Meetings pre-COVID-19

Upcoming Meetings:

November 05, 2020
November 05, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Lindee

THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING, SO YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO PARTICIPATE! Register in advance here" https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tcOquqTosGN1uWKIqxL4dNCIPqW-MaZIE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ************************************ (with photos by Imogen Warren)      There are now 57 known species of extinct New Zealand birds, who disappeared either before …
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Past Meetings

October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Laurie Goodrich

This DVOC Virtual Event will be a Zoom meeting.  To participate, you must register in advance here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtc--hrzkqHtYkuY0yFByrCIjlNlAR7P9J After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   Brief Description: Since 1934, Hawk Mountain has been monitoring raptor and songbird migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. In this talk, we will …
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October 01, 2020
October 01, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Brian Quindlen

THIS IS A VIRTUAL MEETING via ZOOM Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0odOyrrD4tGdWJC8thewI9r38xGYwpY9ec After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Presentation: The Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn, Pennsylvania is unlike most other YMCAs. It is situated on a 54-acre campus in the suburbs of Philadelphia. …
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September 17, 2020
September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Speaker: Jim Wright

NOTE that this will be a virtual meeting via ZOOM. Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsceCrrjooGNwQmpNUB_74oL2A6VIkWmI2 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The Presentation: With the latest 007 movie expected later this Fall, Jim Wright,  the author of “The Real James Bond,” will give an illustrated …
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July 09, 2020
July 09, 2020 @ 11:30 pm - 1:00 am

Speaker: Tykee James

First, Tykee will talk about his own experiences as a young, Black birder in Philly.  Second, he will reflect on key takeaways and other aspects of the recent, international #BlackBirdersWeek events.  Third, he will comment on birders' potential power and effectiveness as "the best hope for environmental advocacy."  Finally, he will take questions & comments, …
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June 05, 2020
June 05, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:15 am

Speaker: Alan F. Poole

Alan Poole, the premier expert on the Osprey, will present key aspects of the revival of this species, which had been nearly moribund due to DDT exposure.  Poole's new book on this topic will be available for purchase and signing by the author.  
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May 22, 2020
May 22, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:00 am

Speaker: Jason Weckstein

Jason Weckstein, Associate Curator of Birds at our very own Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will enchant us with a presentation that draws from the bird collection, the exact nature of the evening's material to be determined....  Sure to be "cool"!   (Watch this space for more info.)
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May 08, 2020
May 08, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:15 am

Speaker: Andy Mack

Andy Mack will present an overview of the remarkable avifauna of the eastern half of the huge island in the southwestern pacific known as New Guinea.  He has worked in Papua N.G. for many years and has written a fabulous book about his experiences, called Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea …
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April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:15 am

Speaker: Matt Halley

Matt Halley, Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences will present a talk about the fascinating research he has been doing in pursuit of his doctoral degree. Watch this space for more information!  
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April 03, 2020
April 03, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:15 am

Speaker: Jennifer Uehling

The contiguous USA was once home to two native parrot species: the Carolina Parakeet and the Thick-billed Parrot. These species are now extinct here. However, over the past century, a diverse set of parrot species has been introduced to the USA via the pet trade, and 25 species have started breeding outside of captivity. This …
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March 20, 2020
March 20, 2020 @ 12:30 am

Speaker: (CANCELLED) Laurie Goodrich

CANCELLED: Since 1934 Hawk Mountain has been monitoring raptor and songbird migration along the Kittatinny Ridge. In this talk, we will highlight discoveries from these long-term data including documenting migration timing and golden eagle flights by Maurice Broun in the early years, to recent exploration of changes in migration timing and numbers. Data on migration …
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March 06, 2020
March 06, 2020 @ 12:30 am - 2:15 am

Speaker: Randolph Scott Little

This presentation will trace the history of bird sound recording from the early days of optical soundtracks for talkies during the Great Depression to the modern era of using a smartphone and the internet.  The epicenter of this development in the United States, indeed in the world, was and is at the Laboratory of Ornithology …
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