Date - September 15, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Matthew Halley: Thomas Jefferson – Birder in Chief

Speaker: Matthew Halley

Thomas Jefferson published a tally of 125 bird species in his Notes on the State of Virginia (1784), now considered to be the first American bird “checklist.” A trove of unpublished documents from Jefferson’s preparation of this work shed new light on the extent of his ornithological knowledge and astute observation skills. Matthew Halley will lead us through the timeline of Jefferson’s career, with special focus on his contributions to ornithology, interactions with Bartram and Alexander Wilson, and new species described by the Corps of Discovery.

SPEAKER: Matthew R. Halley is a doctoral researcher and historian at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, where he studies of the evolutionary biology and systematics of American birds. He is the editor of the DVOC and its historic journalCassinia. Halley has conducted field research in seven countries and authored numerous scientific papers on the social evolution and behavior of wild birds, especially thrushes.

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