“How and Why to Start Birding” by Rick Wright
Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 7 PM
Manhasset Public Library
30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset NY 11030
Open to the General Public. Admission is Free.
What is that bird? How can I figure it out? Does this seem impossible? Get started or improve your birding skills while learning how birding contributes to the sciences and informs political decisions.
Dr. Wright, a native of southeast Nebraska, studied French, German, philosophy and life sciences at the University of Nebraska. He also worked in the bird collections of the State Museum and served as teaching assistant to Paul Johnsgard. After a detour to Harvard Law School, Dr. Wright took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University. His years as an academic included appointments as Assistant Professor of German at the University of Illinois, Reader at Princeton University’s Index of Christian Art, and Associate Professor of German and medieval studies at Fordham University. Among his scholarly publications are two books on the Latin and German animal literature of the late Middle Ages. He is also the author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey and of Arizona and of the forthcoming Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer, Dr. Wright lives in NJ with his wife Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab Gellert.