Please note: The Speaker Series for October has been cancelled. We will resume Speaker Series again November 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Time: Refreshments at 7:30PM; program at 8:00PM


Cost: Free


Speaker: John Richardson


Topic: Alexander Humboldt's Web of Life - Birds of Colombia and Ecuador



Photos by John Richardson: Jocotoco Antpitta, Rainbow Starfrontlet, White-tailed Jay


Description: Alexander Humboldt traveled in northern South America for almost five years from 1799-1804, meeting Thomas Jefferson in Washington before returning to Europe. His many scientific observations at all geographical elevations of living organisms contributed to his theory of the unity of nature - a holistic method of combining geology, geography, magnetism, volcanism, botany, biology, meteorology, and how everything interacts. He was the first to recognize human induced climate change. He is the father of the field of biogeography and geomagnetics and modern meteorology, and his body of work throughout his life was staggering and without peer. More places and species are named after Humboldt than after any other human being. We'll cover just a snapshot of his life and contributions, and weave in some avian species he may have seen during his travels.