Many of you may know our April speaker, Jack Stenger. Jack is a lifetime member of our Audubon Society as he was introduced to the organization at an early age. The son of ASO board member Jay Stenger, Jack has been immersed in birds and natural history since he can first remember. Jack is now a PhD student at University of Cincinnati where he studies the evolution and ecology of Darwin’s Finches. He has worked on various bird research projects since 2006 for Intermountain Bid Observatory, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, and Ohio State University. Jack is currently the President of the Cincinnati Bird Club and the Secretary of the Ohio Birds Record Committee. He is the compiler of the Ohio River Christmas Bird Count and the co-compiler of the Cincinnati Christmas Bird Count. Jack has led numerous field trips for ASO and other organizations and is an instructor for the ASO Annual Bird Classes.
The gist of Jacks program will be the associations between birds and their habitats. You will often hear birders comment that a bird is “adapted” to a specific habitat. However this is a loaded term that Jack will attempt to tease apart. The purpose of Jack’s talk will be to address the question of “What is natural?” when it comes to the associations between birds and their habitat. His talk will paint in big brush strokes and span the evolutionary history of birds, their historical ecology, and their modern use of novel human landscape. This should be a unique presentation that blends theoretical aspects of evolutionary biology with practical tips in bird finding. There will be many examples and wide-ranging asides so the program should be interesting for all. At the end of the presentation Jack hopes that we will look at our local bird communities with a new perspective.
Jack is an entertaining speaker and this program should prove to be informative, interesting and fun. We hope to see you there.
Audubon programs are held on the third Monday of the month (not including January, July, August or December). We meet at 7:00 p.m. for light refreshments, with the program beginning at 7:30. We meet at the Winton Woods visitor center, located at 10245 Winton Road. To reach the visitor center from I-275, take the Winton Road exit, and go south. Just before the lake, turn right into the park. From the Ronald Reagan Highway, take the Winton Road North exit, and turn right into the park just after the lake.
Note that a Park District auto sticker is required – $3.00 daily or $10.00 annual for Hamilton County residents, or $5.00 daily or $14.00 annual for non-residents.
Go to the Winton Woods website listed below for further directions and other information.