Newton Conservators logo fall photo of Sawmill Brook
 
 

Spring/Summer 2011 Lectures

  • The Birds of Rhode Island, A Lecture and Photographic Presentation by Brooks Mathewson
  • Darwin Lecture by Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum
  • My Green Manifesto by David Gessner

 

The Birds of Rhode Island:
A Lecture and Photographic Presentation

  Great Egret photo by Brooks Mathewson
 
Great Egret

Brooks Mathewson
Harvard University Master of Forest Science 2006

Rhode Island provides critical wintering, migratory, and breeding habitat for a great diversity of bird species including ducks, wading birds, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds. Over the past decade ecologist and nature photographer Brooks Mathewson has been photographing these birds on the mudflats, barrier beaches, upland forests, rocky shores, and ponds of the state's national wildlife refuges. During this lecture Brooks will present his photography of these birds while discussing their biology as well as some of the best places in Rhode Island to observe them.

Brooks Mathewson is a nature photographer and ecologist holding a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Biology and a Master's Degree in Forest Science from Harvard University. His research on the distribution and relative abundance of terrestrial salamanders has been published in the journals Northeastern Naturalist and Arnoldia. In addition, Brooks' photography has appeared in magazines, journals, textbooks, and field guides, and is sold at art galleries and museums in the Boston area including Harvard's Museum of Natural History. Some of the venues at which Brooks has given lectures include Harvard Forest, Holy Cross, Arnold Arboretum, Newton Free Library, the Boston Nature Center, Massachusetts Audubon's Joppa Flats Education Center, and Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge.

This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Conservators and the Newton Free Library.

Tuesday, June 14th, 7:30pm
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street, Newton Centre

 

Darwin Lecture

   
     

Ned Friedman
Director, Arnold Arboretum

Professor Friedman will speak on Darwin and the origin of flowering plants. As he noted on the Arnold Arboretum's Web site: "Charles Darwin spent a lifetime studying the big questions of evolutionary biology, and he was baffled by the origin of flowering plants. Recent advances in the fossil record offer clues to understanding what these plants looked like, where they lived, and how they reproduced. We will explore what Darwin termed 'the abominable mystery.'"

Ned Friedman is Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University.

This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Conservators and the Newton Tree Conservancy.

Monday, June 27th, 7pm
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street, Newton Centre

 

 

My Green Manifesto

   
     

David Gessner

David Gessner will discuss his "call for a new environmentalism, inspired by a canoe trip down the Charles River with Dan Driscoll." David Gessner is a noted nature writer. This will also be a book signing for his new book.

Thursday, July 14th, 7:30pm
Newton Free Library
330 Homer Street, Newton Centre

 

 

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