Connecticut Audbon Society

Young, Gifted and Wild About Birds

The next generation has arrived with great hopes and plans for the future. See what they have to offer on Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds, Connecticut Audubon’s signature series of webinars, featuring bright young scientists, artists, and activists.

We search for smart young people doing interesting work, and invite them to make an hour-long presentation to our members and the general public.

The reaction has been nothing less than fantastic. Over the first two years, more than 1,600 tickets were sold, many to people who were repeat buyers.

“Really exciting and inspiring to watch young scientists and feel the passion that they bring to their work!”

“Well done, Connecticut Audubon! The Young, Gifted, and Wild About Birds series was both interesting and educational. A real treat to ‘meet’ such an impressive cadre of young scientists.”

Confirmed for 2023:
Joanna Wu, UCLA
Mikko Jimenez, Colorado State University
Allison Black, NOAA
Corina Newsome, National Wildlife Federation
Kathi Borgman, Cornell Lab or Ornithology

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You can view any of the first 11 presentations below.

December 2020: Deja Perkins, master’s degree candidate at North Carolina State University, spoke about #BlackBirdersWeek and biases in how bird data is collected. She is now working on her Ph.D.

January 2021: Dennis Liu, Ph.D. “Half Earth and All The Hummingbirds.” Dennis is vice president of education for the Half Earth Project of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation.

March 2021: Jordan Rutter, shown here, and Gabriel Foley, founders of the Bird Names For Birds initiative, discussed the problems that can arise when a bird is named after a person. birdnamesforbirds.


February 2022: Dr. Brooke Bateman, director of climate science for the National Audubon Society, started the 2022 season with “Birds Are Telling Us It’s Time To Act On Climate Change.” She wrote an article on the same subject for our 2021 CT State of the Birds report.

March 2022: Artist and illustrator Jenny Kroik, known for her work in The New Yorker and elsewhere, paints and sketches as she discusses her work and her love for birds.

April 2022. Ph.D. candidate Murry Burgess of North Carolina State University talks about her research into the effects of artificial light on Barn Swallow chicks.

January 2021: “The Song of the Ovenbird,” with Eliza Grames, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut. She has since earned her Ph.D. and is Dr. Eliza Grames.

February 2021: Mariamar Gutierrez Ramirez, Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst. “The Ordeal of Bird Migration.” Mariamar has since completed her Ph.D.and is now Dr. Gutierrez Ramirez.

April 2021: Dr. Desiree Narango of UMass Amherst made a presentation called, “The birds, the bees, the flowers and the trees: Creating habitat for wildlife in our cities and suburbs.”


February 2022: University of Connecticut Ph.D. candidate Sam Apgar discussed her research on tidal marsh birds such as Saltmarsh Sparrows and Clapper Rails, and the peril they face because of sea level rise. 

March 2022. Shannon Curley, Ph.D., and Jose Ramirez-Garofalo, a Ph.D. student at Rutgers University, discuss their work at Freshkills Park on Staten Island, where the world’s largest landfill has been transformed into an oasis for grassland birds.






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