On Tuesday evening, May 14th, 2019 the Linnaean Society of New York
2018/2019 Speaker Program will feature two new presentations sure to be of
interest to New York birders:

 

6:00 pm - Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies - Sara Lewis 

Surely among the most wondrous creatures that share our planet, fireflies
are intricately woven into the fabric of many human cultures. Their ethereal
beauty evokes awe and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded
in mystery: How do these creatures make light? What gives with all that
flashing? Are fireflies disappearing? In this talk noted firefly expert and
author Sara Lewis dives into the mysterious world of fireflies to reveal the
latest scientific discoveries about their luminous lives. We will journey
from the meadows of New England to the rivers of Japan and the mangroves of
Malaysia to hear remarkable stories of firefly courtship and romance,
treachery, poison, and murder. Meanwhile, these charismatic insects are
declining due to habitat loss, light pollution, and overharvesting. Come
learn about how, for more than a century and continuing to the present day,
fireflies have been exploited for chemistry, beauty, and love.

 

Sara Lewis, Professor of Biology at Tufts University, has spent the past
thirty years studying the luminous lives of fireflies.

 

7:30 pm - The Art of Writing Natural History: Using Birds as Creative
Conduits to Conservation - J. Drew Lanham

 

Birds have been the motivation for humans throughout our history. Aesthetic
appeal, flight, and beautiful songs have moved poets, prophets,
philosophers, professors, and even politicians to create verse, art, ideas
and policy around avian species. Birds then, have served as conduits between
head, heart, and practice. This talk will explore Dr. Drew Lanham's personal
odyssey with birds that spans the gamut from poetry to policy and inspires
and informs as to how a blend of science and art is necessary for
conservationists to succeed in saving birds, habitats, and the human beings
that share range and requisites for a healthy environment.

 

In his twenty-two years on the Clemson University faculty, Dr. Lanham has
worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how humans
think about nature. As a black American, he's intrigued by how culture and
ethnicity can impact perceptions of nature and its care.

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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.
Enter at West 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. All
welcome!

 

Complete details of these exciting presentations and the rest of the
2018/2019 program can be found here:

https://linnaeannewyork.org/programs-trips/lsny-programs.html


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