Connecticut Audbon Society



Young, Gifted and Wild About Birds

“Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds” is a six part Zoom series featuring younger-generation conservationists, scientists, and ornithologists carrying out newsworthy and innovative work. Two programs remain.

The series is supported by the Planet Fuel Charitable Fund.

Jordan Rutter and Gabriel Foley

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7 p.m.

Is it acceptable to honor a person who believed of Black men that “his intellect … is greatly inferior to that of the Caucasian, and that he is, therefore, as far as our experience goes, incapable of self-government”?

What if that same person also owned slaves? Meet the Rev. John Bachman of South Carolina. Like many others with similarly histories, he is honored eponymously in the form of two songbirds, Bachman’s Sparrow and Bachman’s Warbler.

For Jordan Rutter and Gabriel Foley, the founders of the Bird Names for Birds initiative, the answer is clear: No, it is not acceptable.

Bird Names for Birds is an initiative to change honorific English common bird names; since its inception last summer, McCown’s Longspur—named after a Confederate officer—has been changed to Thick-billed Longspur. Jordan and Gabriel will talk about Bird Names for Birds, why it’s important, and what the future holds for it.

Buy tickets for #BirdNamesforBirds with Jordan Rutter and Gabriel Foley here!

The birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees: Creating habitat for wildlife in our cities and suburbs
Dr. Desiree Narango

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7 p.m.


Dr. Narango, the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher at UMass Amherst, will speak about her studies of plant-animal interactions and wildlife diversity in urban areas across the United States. She will share information about the birds and insects we share our parks and yards with and how management decisions in urban green spaces impact conservation success in New England and beyond.

She will also share resources to find information about nature-based gardening and participating in community-driven science.

Buy tickets to The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers and the Trees with Desiree Narango here!


“Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds” started in December with #BlackBirdersWeek: The Hashtag that Started a Movement, by Deja Perkins. January brought The Song of the Ovenbird, with Eliza Grames; and Half-Earth and All the Hummingbirds, with Dennis Liu. In February, Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez made a presentation called The Ordeal of Bird Migration.






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