Please join us on Monday, May 10th at 7:00 PM for our final chapter meeting until Fall. You won’t want to miss our speaker, author and biologist Dr. Wenfei Tong.
Birds are intelligent, sociable creatures that exhibit a wide array of behaviors—from sabotaging budding romances to outsourcing childcare duties. Why do they behave as they do? Bringing to light the remarkable actions of birds through examples from species around the world, including some of her own research in Kenya and Zambia, Wenfei will be presenting vignettes about the private lives of birds in an evolutionary context. She will also discuss stories from her books that highlight Montana’s breeding birds, and the work of community scientists and other female or minority biologists.
As her website, https://www.wenfeitong.com, states, “My books, Bird Love and Understanding Bird Behavior/ How to Read A Bird, use scientific discoveries to show how much humans and birds share, including some of art and literature’s most basic themes. My ultimate aim is to inspire as many people as possible to relate to and care for the natural world.
“Birdwatching offered me an early and very personal connection with urban nature as a child in Singapore, and I have been a keen supporter of grassroots conservation ever since. My time as an undergraduate at Princeton and Oxford was where I first got hooked on field biology and the history and philosophy of science and the environment. I am currently a research associate at Harvard, where I got my PhD in biology. Whether it has been studying zebras in Kenya, catching mice in Bulgaria, or observing birds in the grasslands of Zambia and Montana, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to the natural world, and to human friends from many cultures. My hope is to share some of these biocultural connections with others.
“I enjoy teaching university students in Montana and Alaska, fundraising for conservation organizations, and guiding natural history tours in Tanzania, Central Asia, the Galapagos, and Montana, where I take visitors birding on horseback. I also work with writers like Pat Mora to champion environmental appreciation and literacy across ages and cultures, and actively support organizations like BirdLife International, Nia Tero and the Clark Fork Coalition to promote an inclusive and grassroots driven form of conservation for diverse cultural and ecological communities to coexist sustainably.”
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