The Cornell Lab hosts seminars throughout the year, including our long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. Speakers include Cornell Lab staff, book authors, and distinguished scientists from around the world.
Beginning in 2013 we began livestreaming some of these seminars so that people outside of the Ithaca, New York, area could watch them. We’ve also archived those videos for viewing at any time:
May 4, 2015: Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds
Speakers: Laura Erickson, author, and Marie Read, wildlife photographer.
April 6, 2015: Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock
Speakers: Stephen Kress, founder of Project Puffin.
March 23, 2015: Uphill Struggles: Cassowaries, Seeds, and Conservation in New Guinea
Speaker: Andrew Mack, wildlife biologist and conservationist
March 2, 2015: In Australia, Superb Lyrebirds Combine Vocal Mimicry With Complex Dance Steps
Speaker: Anastasia Dalziell, wildlife biologist
January 29 and 31, 2015: Life in an Adelie Penguin Colony—Live From Antarctica
Speakers: Josh Kohut, Rutgers University, and Donna Fraser, Polar Oceans Research Group.
November 17, 2014: Birds of the Mono Lake Basin
Speaker: Marie Read, photographer
October 20, 2014: Science and Nature in the Galapagos Islands
Speakers: Irby Lovette, director of the Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program, Cornell Lab Ornithology, and Fausto Rodriguez, Galapagos Park Naturalist and founder of Galapagos Best.
September 29, 2014: Hawaii’s Birds: Past, Present and Future
Speaker: Jack Jeffrey, photographer and wildlife biologist
September 15, 2014: What Caused the Passenger Pigeon’s Collapse, and What Have We Learned?
Speaker: John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Cornell Lab, recounts the catastrophic decline of the Passenger Pigeon using fascinating eyewitness accounts from the historical literature. He then addresses what wisdom we can take away from the most famous human-caused extinction in history.
April, 2014: Falconry, An Ancient Art Lives on in America
Speaker: Tim Gallagher from the Cornell Lab presents a history of falconry and an overview of its current practice in the U.S. This talk was presented at Cornell’s Mann Library in conjunction with the April 2014 exhibit An Extreme Stirrer-Up of Passions: Falconry at Cornell and Beyond.
March 21, 2014: To Know the Crow: Insights and Stories From a Quarter-Century of Crow Study
Speakers: Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab, and Anne Clark, Binghamton University
March 17, 2014: Great New Tips for Identifying Warblers—From the Authors of The Warbler Guide
Speakers: Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle
March 3, 2014: Have Notebook and Camera, Will Travel
Speaker: Rachel Dickinson, travel writer and birder
February 20, 2014: Social Selection and the Evolution of Ornaments
Speaker: Joseph Tobias of Oxford University
February 3, 2014: Ten Secrets to Never Having a Slow Day in the Field
Speakers: Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis, expert naturalists from Cape May, New Jersey
January 31, 2014: Chat With Antarctic Scientists and Watch Their Penguin Cam
Speakers: Josh Kohut of Rutgers University and Bill Fraser of the Polar Oceans Research Group, speaking live from Palmer Station, Antarctica
November 18, 2013: Behind the Scenes With Bird Cams
Speaker: Charles Eldermire, Bird Cams Project Leader, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
November 4, 2013: Natural History, Aesthetics, and Conservation
Speaker: Harry Greene, Professor and Faculty Curator of Herpetology, Cornell University
September 30, 2013: Protecting the World’s Last Pristine Ocean: Ross Sea, Antarctica
Speaker: Grant Ballard, Chief Science Officer, Point Blue Conservation Science