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Past Speaker Events 2021

May 2021

with Jane Kim

Jane Kim, artist and founder of Ink Dwell studio creates art that explores the wonders of the natural world. Merging classical techniques of science illustration with modern fine art, she creates public and private commissions, illustrations, exhibitions, and much more. Kim will speak about her artistic journey including the iconic Wall of Birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and the new Confluence mural in downtown Houston. Houston Audubon’s Conservation Director, Richard Gibbons, will discuss the different groups of birds represented on the mural(s) and the challenges they face in the Houston Gulf region.

Ink Dwell makes everyday places special and enhances iconic locations with wondrous imagery. They are the artists behind the beautiful new Confluence mural of migratory birds in downtown Houston. Confluence shows us in exquisite detail the three groups of migratory birds that occur in Houston, breeding birds that migrate from the tropics to our longer and productive temperate days, wintering birds that travel just far enough south to escape the harsh winters, and the long-distance migrants that depend on our region for stopover habitat between destinations. Further, Confluence illustrates how these travelers appear differently in the spring and fall seasons: fresh, vibrant plumage in the spring and more subtle hues in the fall. Houstonians and tourists alike can revel in the ever-changing sights and sounds of our abundant birdlife.


March 2021

Window Pains: Helping Birds Survive a Human World
with Heidi Trudell

Date: March 11, 2021, beginning at 7 PM. Speaker events are held on Zoom with a live broadcast to the Houston Audubon Facebook page.

Want cheap and simple solutions to window collisions? Want to find out what’s wrong with most products on the market? Myth busting will help you find out what to do and what not to do! Find out how the Animal Help Now app (ahnow.org) can help you respond to stunned birds quickly using best practices. Nearly a billion birds are killed each year in the US alone, when they collide with glass structures. With native bird populations experiencing steep declines, it's critical to take immediate action to reduce the human threats to their survival. In addition to habitat loss and outdoor cats, glass is the leading cause of death among songbirds: these, and other factors will be explored during the session.

Heidi Trudell is tired of picking up dead birds. She's a biologist turned architectural consultant who has been involved with bird/window collision research and prevention since 2003, and has monitored wind farms as well. Her passion for bird conservation has led her to serve on Safe Passage committees, including currently with Detroit Audubon and Black Swamp Bird Observatory. To learn more about her work, find her at justsavebirds.com and her Facebook groups: Just Save Birds, and Dead Birds 4 Science! In a former life she ‘collected’ CBCs, guided on the UTC, in the RGV, and fell in love with moths in far West Texas.


January 2021

Every Penguin in the World
with Charles Bergman

Date: January 14, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM. Zoom presentation

Both a love letter and a call to action, Every Penguin in the World tracks author-photographer Charles Bergman's forays around the southern hemisphere--from the Galapagos to South Africa to the Antarctic--in his quest to see all 18 species of penguins in the world. The sections of the book and his talk are organized around themes of adventure, science and conservation, and pilgrimage. Stories of each penguin species will be touched upon.

This endearing and thought-provoking talk beautifully combines stories and photography to capture the plight and the experience of penguins worldwide. The author and his wife developed a passion after seeing their first penguin species and have since spent 17 years traveling far and wide to see each variety of penguin in its natural habitat. 

A writer and photographer, Charles Bergman has lived nearly his whole life in the Pacific Northwest. He's a long-time teacher of English at Pacific Lutheran University. He's the author of five books, including Wild Echoes: Encounters with the Most Endangered Animals in North America. He's written extensively on wildlife and animals in national magazines, including Audubon, Natural History, National Geographic, and Smithsonian. His article on wildlife trafficking in Latin America was the cover story in Smithsonian. His work springs from a wild dedication to the Earth and its creatures. His writing and photography have won several awards, including the Washington State Book Award, Southwest Book Award, Ben Franklin Book Award, and he was a PEN USA Literary Award finalist. He has a particular love for the Southern Hemisphere and has completed two Fulbright Fellowships, in Mexico and Ecuador. He has taught study tours in Antarctica six times. The penguin quest took him and his wife to some of the most remote islands in the world. 

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