On Tuesday, February 13th, the Linnaean Society of New York’s 2018 Speaker 
Program will feature two new presentations:

6:00 pm – Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything – Anita Sanchez
 
Carolus Linnaeus, the great eighteenth-century naturalist, named and classified 
more than twelve thousand species of plants and animals. As a physician, he saw 
the need for a clear and simple system of nomenclature and classification for 
plants used for medicine, and then went on to set himself an ambitious goal: 
naming all the living things in the world. His classification of humans as just 
another species of mammals was highly controversial; his use of a “sexual 
system” to classify plants based on their reproductive parts was outrageous. 
But the obstinate and outspoken scientist battled his critics fiercely, all the 
way to the Vatican. Author Anita Sanchez will discuss her research on 
Linnaeus’s life and the process of writing a book for young readers about the 
great naturalist’s turbulent career.
 
7:30 pm – Tracking Whimbrels: Movement Toward Full Lifecycle Conservation in a 
Migratory Shorebird – Dr. Bryan Watts
 
Maintaining migratory species that depend on many countries scattered over 
large geographic areas is one of the great conservation challenges of our time. 
Success depends on 1) identifying the network of critical sites and 2) managing 
site-specific threats. Prior to the development of size-appropriate satellite 
telemetry, very little was known about migration pathways or connectivity for 
Whimbrels using the Western Atlantic Flyway. Since 2008, Dr. Bryan Watts and 
his research team have deployed 50 satellite transmitters on Whimbrels 
throughout the flyway to identify migratory routes and critical staging areas, 
and to link specific breeding and winter territories. Watts and his team have 
used the gathered data to build a prioritized blueprint for conservation. The 
clear, emergent message of this work is that Whimbrels connect many locations 
and cultures throughout the Western Hemisphere and that their recovery depends 
on our ability to bring this community of cultures together around a single 
goal.

Both presentations are free and will be held in the Linder Theater on the first 
floor of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

All welcome!
 
Complete details of these exciting presentations and the rest of the 2018 
program can be found here:
http://linnaeannewyork.org/calendar-programs-trips/programs2017-2018.html 
<http://linnaeannewyork.org/calendar-programs-trips/programs2017-2018.html>

Richard Fried
The Linnaean Society of New York
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