Please join Four Harbors Audubon Society, tomorrow evening, Tuesday, April 23, 
2019, for our spring lecture, World Birding: Travels and Reflections of an 
Evolutionary Biologist, presented by Douglas Futuyma.
More and more birders have been expanding their quest beyond their home area to 
the entire country and to the great wide world. In this talk, Doug Futuyma will 
share some of the thrill and satisfaction of seeing exotic species in exotic 
environments, from rain forest cassowaries to subantarctic albatrosses and 
desert larks. He will also pose and partly answer some of the questions that 
these experiences prompt about evolution. Why have some groups of birds 
diversified more than others? How do new species form? How can we account for 
giant flightless birds on all the southern continents? Why are there so many 
more species of birds in the tropics? Doug will aim to show that esthetic 
appreciation and scientific understanding together can enrich the experience of 
Douglas J. Futuyma is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and 
Evolution at Stony Brook University. His research concerns speciation and the 
evolution of interactions between species, especially herbivorous insects and 
their host plants.

The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Emma S. Clark Memorial Library, 
120 Main Street, Setauket, NY.  Free and open to all.  For additional 
information or to reserve, please email:

Patrice Domeischel
Four Harbors Audubon Society



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