Making Bird Connections

A Virtual Lecture Series

Making Bird Connections

A Virtual Lecture Series

Hog Island Audubon Camp continues our Making Bird Connections lecture series.  Each month we feature a different bird-focused presenter followed by a connection to National Audubon Society's broader work.  Learn from top experts in the field and join us for these FREE presentations.  Donations are encouraged and can be made online: Donate Today!  


Presentations  will take place over Zoom and will be streamed over Facebook Live every month starting November 16th. You can register for each lecture at the links below. Details to log into the presentations will be emailed to you once you register.  You must register for each presentation separately. 

November 16, 2021: A World on the Wing with Scott Weidensaul and Audubon's Vice President of Boreal Conservation Jeff Wells. This program will not be recorded for future viewing. View Recording - one week only!

December 14, 2021: Cooking for the Birds: How to Start Eating Locally and Sustainably with Chef Cleo Bell and Audubon's Conservation Ranching team Chris Wilson and Farley Green. Click to Register.

January 25, 2022: Using Art for Conservation with Catherine Hamilton and Audubon Magazine's Jennifer Bogo discussing the Audubon Mural Project. Click to Register.

February 15, 2022: Life on an Island with the 2021 Seabird Institute's Researchers Kay Garlick-Ott & Emily Sandly and Audubon's Director of Marine Conservation Anna Weinstein. Click to Register.

Cost: FREE 
Donations encouraged!
All donations go to support Hog Island Audubon Camp operations.

Meet the presenters!

November 16, 2021

Scott Weidensaul

Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind (a Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Ghost with Trembling Wings, and Of a Feather, as well as the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean. He is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine, a columnist for Bird Watcher's Digest, and has written for dozens of other publications. Scott has directed a major study of northern saw-whet owl migration for more than 20 years; is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm (which studies snowy owls); a director of Project Owlnet, a collaboration of more than 125 owl-banding stations; and the Critical Connections project, which studies the migration of birds from Alaska's national park lands. He is also one of fewer than 200 licensed hummingbird banders in North America. 

Scott is the director of Field Ornithology, Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens, Living on the Wind: Fall Migration, and Raptor Migration & Monhegan camps at Hog Island Audubon Camp.  He is also an instructor for our Raptor Rapture Online Course and is currently the president of the Friends of Hog Island (FOHI).  

Jeff Wells 

As Vice President of Boreal Conservation at National Audubon Society, Jeff Wells conducts applied science, utilizes strategic communications that leverage public support, and builds and maintains partnerships that advance International Boreal Conservation Campaign (IBCC) conservation goals. Subject areas within this program include: biodiversity, conservation science, carbon storage, and links between Western Science and Indigenous Science/Traditional Knowledge. Jeff comes to Audubon from the Boreal Songbird Initiative (BSI), a member of the IBCC. 

Jeff recieved his Ph.D. and Master's degrees in ecology from Cornell University.  Jeff formerly worked for National Audubon Society at the New York State and later as the National Bird Conservation Director. During his tenure with Audubon, Jeff was located at Cornell University, where he continues as a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. He has authored or co-authored many scientific papers, reports, books, and popular articles on ecology and conservation topics including the book, Birder’s Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk.  Jeff has been an instructor at Hog Island Audubon Camp and also has helped facilitate equity, diversity and inclusion scholarships for people to attend camp.

December 14, 2021 

Chef Cleo Bell

Cleo was born and raised in Washington, DC. She attended McGill University in Montreal and has a BA in Cultural Anthropology. After graduating, she moved back to DC and began working at local restaurants, such as Again, a British Isles-inspired gastro-pub and Komi, a high-end Mediterranean restaurant. She has spent four summers as the Head Chef for the Hog Island National Audubon Society summer camp in Maine from 2015-2017 and again in 2021, working with local farms to bring fresh food to the Island and to happy campers. Recently Cleo has had the opportunity to cook and teach at Boston Public Market, with the whole Market to source from and the whole of Boston to serve. 
At first glance, it might seem a strange road from cultural anthropology to cooking, but food and cooking are integral to the expression and transference of culture. As they say: culture begins at the table. By concentrating on serving local, sustainable foods, Cleo hopes to elevate the experience of the diner and to make a positive impact on the local food community. 

Chris Wilson and Farley Green
Audubon's Conservation Ranching Program

January 25, 2022 

Catherine Hamilton

Catherine Hamilton grew up exploring the mountains and deserts of Southern California, and was pretty much born with a pencil in hand. She began birding at an early age with her father, developing a keen interest in both natural history and art, and started her first ornithological notebook at seven. Somewhat mysteriously her parents encouraged her to continue this behavior, and is still doing about the same things today. 
Catherine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Bennington College. She taught painting and drawing at RISD from 1997-2003, and has taught at other institutions and programs (Bennington College, Mass College of Art, Mass Audubon) throughout the 25 years she has been a professional artist. For the last five years she has been traveling and birding full time, keeping her studio on the road while maintaining her exhibiting and project schedules. Working out of wildlife refuges, urban environments, research stations, and museum collections, Catherine has been following birds around the world, making drawings and paintings. Her fine art can be found in private, corporate, and small museum collections in the US and abroad. Her bird illustrations can be found in publications like the recent Princeton University Press book “The Warbler Guide,” and in journals and magazines such as “Nature,” “Bird Observer,” and “Orion Magazine.” Catherine was also featured in the 2012 HBO documentary Birders: the Central Park Effect.”
Catherine loves sharing her passion for both the avian world and the world of drawing with birders and artists of all levels, and believes that anyone can gain insight and greater understanding of the world around them through field sketching and observation.

Jennifer Bogo

As Vice President of Content at the National Audubon Society, Jennifer Bogo leads the editorial and art teams that distinguish Audubon for its outstanding journalism on birds and conservation and set the high visual standard and branding for the organization writ large. In this role she serves as editor-in-chief of the quarterly Audubon magazine, which under her direction has won multiple National Magazine Awards, including Personal Service for the magazine's innovative and inspiring Climate Action Guide in 2020 and the General Excellence, Special Interest honor in 2021. She also leads the development and growth of editorial brand extensions that introduce diverse new audiences to Audubon’s work and conservation priorities, including the Audubon Photography Awards, Audubon for Kids!, and the Audubon Mural Project.


February 15, 2022 

Kay Garlick-Ott - Seabird Institute Researcher

Emily Sandley - Seabird Institute Researcher

Anna Weinstein

Anna Weinstein is a conservation biologist with over 20 years’ experience in policy analysis and advocacy, marine ecology, strategic planning and program development. In 1996 she co-founded Island Conservation, the leading global non-governmental organization focused on restoring seabirds and island ecosystems. She later worked as a biologist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute where she produced research on invasive marine species and supported state actions to reduce ballast water discharge. In 2008 she joined Audubon California to build a new seabird and marine program, focused on protecting seabirds and their habitats. In 2019 she joined National Audubon as Director, Marine Conservation where she leads national seabird and marine activities and supports regional seabird, fisheries and habitat conservation initiatives. Anna has a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College and an M.S. in Marine Ecology from the Boston University Marine Program in Woods Hole, MA.


Eva Lark

Eva Matthews Lark has an MS degree in Recreation & Parks Management from Frostburg State University and a BS degree in Environmental Science from Lander University. She works year-around for Hog Island and manages the various social media channels, marketing, and virtual programming, in addition to scholarships and rentals. She is now the director of both the Costa Rica Teen Camp and the Mountains to Sea Birding for Teens session. She has been a birder for over a decade and credits the winter warblers of Florida as being her spark birds.  In her free time she enjoys traveling with her wife and two rescue dogs. She particularly enjoys birding competitions with friends and is an avid eBirder and Fantasy Birder.

Want more videos? Check out the videos from the 2020 Making Bird Connections Series

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