Date - February 18, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Joel T. Fry – “The “White Tail’d Buzzard”: New evidence for William Bartram’s Painted Vulture from Florida.”

Speaker: Joel T. Fry

A survey of Bartram historical evidence and an exhaustive survey of the ornithological literature on William Bartram’s “Painted Vulture” (Vultur sacra of Travels) by the ornithologist Noel Snyder has produced strong evidence this bird existed in 18th c. Florida. It was observed by William Bartram in both 1765-1766 and again in 1773. And a published illustration from 1734 of a comparable bird held captive in London under the name “Warwovwen or Indian Vulture” also seems to confirm the onetime existence of this white-tailed vulture species or subspecies related to the King Vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) of Central and South America.

Joel T. Fry has served as curator for Bartram’s Garden, the home of John and William Bartram in Philadelphia, PA, since 1992. He first became involved in archaeological research at Bartram’s Garden in 1975, and has participated in a number of archaeological and historic research projects at the garden site since. He studied anthropology, historical archaeology, and American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and has written extensively on the history of Bartram’s Garden and the Bartram family plant collections.

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