Loading Events

Sunday, February 4th, 2024 Museum Director Pierce Rafferty will host a virtual rebroadcast of “Birds In Winter: Surviving The Most Challenging Season,” first presented and recorded at the Museum in August 2022. This encore screening will be followed by a virtual Q&A with Roger Pasquier.

Learn about the ecological and behavioral adaptations birds have evolved to survive winter, which affects not only the birds that remain in regions where it becomes cold, but also the migrants that go far to avoid the effects of cold, as well as the resident species with which they share habitat at their destinations.  Winter, in fact, affects birds’ lives all through the year. In late summer, you can already see some birds begin storing food to retrieve months later and others forming the social groups in which they will remain until spring.

Winter also has distinctive conservation challenges. Many birds winter in latitudes and habitats occupied more densely by people, reducing the available natural habitat and exposing them to pollutants, invasive species, and hunting pressures they do not encounter the rest of the year. Finally, global warming is altering the nature of winter itself, shortening the season, changing or eliminating some vital winter habitats, shifting food sources, and throwing off the sense of timing that triggers birds to arrive at both their breeding and winter destinations at the optimal moment.

Sunday, February 4, 2024
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Virtual via Zoom

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or One tap mobile :
+16465588656,,86515760568# US (New York)
+16469313860,,86515760568# US
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
+1 646 931 3860 US
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 305 224 1968 US
+1 309 205 3325 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 507 473 4847 US
+1 564 217 2000 US
+1 669 444 9171 US
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
+1 689 278 1000 US
+1 719 359 4580 US
+1 253 205 0468 US
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 360 209 5623 US
+1 386 347 5053 US
Webinar ID: 865 1576 0568
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdMu6J7gyN

Roger Pasquier has enjoyed visiting Fishers Island to see birds and friends since the 1970s.  He is an associate in the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  His career has been in ornithology and conservation at the American Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund-U.S., Environmental Defense Fund, and the National Audubon Society.  He is the author of several books on birds and art history, including Birds in Winter: Surviving the Most Challenging Season (Princeton University Press, 2019). He spoke at the Museum in 2016 on his previous book, Painting Central Park.

Share This Story, Choose Your Platform!