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Explore our upcoming adult programs, events, and workshops below. Register for all adult program classes by clicking the corresponding button. For all programs, space is limited and registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. For additional questions, please email programs@naturemuseum.org.

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  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm July 30, Thursday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    The View from Hawk Mountain: Hawk Migration Studies

    Adult

    The View from Hawk Mountain: Hawk Migration Studies

    Description

    Dr. Laurie Goodrich, Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, will share experience and knowledge gleaned from years of monitoring and analyzing raptor migration.

    Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was founded in 1934 as the first sanctuary in the world to be set aside for raptor conservation. In the early days it began the first scientific migration count of hawks and led efforts to win legal protection for raptors. Its effort succeeded in part through public engagement focused on the spectacle of migration. Today it is a leading center for raptor conservation science, education, monitoring, and stewardship and continues to engage people locally as well as globally. Its celebrated international trainee program has trained more than 400 young conservationists in raptor biology and education, many who continue to work in their home countries to conserve raptors. In this talk, Laurie will share Hawk Mountain’s unique history and current programs. She will highlight the current trends in raptor numbers continent wide, which species are in trouble, and explore some of Hawk Mountain’s exciting satellite tracking data that is expanding our knowledge of migratory raptors in the Americas and around the world.

    Cost: Free

  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm November 18, Wednesday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Audrey Peterman and the Doctor Bird

    Adult

    Audrey Peterman and the Doctor Bird

    Description

    The doctor bird is distinguished by extremely long tail feathers on the male. It is Jamaica’s national bird and holds a unique niche in the world, being endemic to the island. Audrey Peterman's new book, “From My Jamaican Gully to the World,” shares how the confidence she acquired growing up wild and free in Jamaica helped her make a change in America. A bird, a person, a community, we’re all unique and together we make up this magnificent whole which only becomes more enjoyable and sustainable the more we notice and appreciate each other.

    Audrey Peterman is President and Co-founder of Earthwise Productions, Inc., and in 2014 co-launched the Diverse Environmental Leaders Speakers Bureau. Earthwise Productions focuses on connecting the public lands system and the American public. An immigrant from Jamaica, Audrey and her husband Frank stumbled upon the National Park System on a road trip, and the splendor gave her a keen awareness of the privilege of being an American. For 20 years the Petermans have striven to make this an egalitarian experience for all.  Earthwise has been featured by outlets including MSNBC and Audrey’s accolades include the Environmental Hero Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Cost: Free

 
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