Wildlife Education Series
The Wildlife Education Series is a monthly educational discussion covering a wide range of topics pertaining to Biology, Ecology, Marine Biology, Animal Behavior, Veterinary and Conservation Sciences held at the Buttonwood Park Zoo. The format of the seminars will vary based on the topic and speaker, from lecture to problem based learning, and will be geared to inquisitive individuals who are eager to learn and ask questions.
Students: Free with I.D
Wildlife Education Series Dates
Thursday, February 13th at 6:00pm – What are the Birds Telling Us? Fifty Years of Research at Manomet Bird Observatory
Thursday, March 12th at 6:00pm – Restoring the Amazon Rainforest
Thursday, April 9th at 6:00pm – A Deep Dive into the Ocean Twilight Zone
What are the Birds Telling Us? Fifty Years of Research at Manomet Bird Observatory
Long term studies based at Manomet Bird Observatory have let us follow the amazing migrations of the birds that pass through Massachusetts every spring and fall. Because they are such sensitive indicators of environmental change, we can document population trends, migration timing, and the already visible effects of rapid climate change. As we coordinate networks of volunteers and partners throughout the Americas, we have combined census data with banding, data logging tags and satellite transmitter data. This allows us to follow some species from as far north as Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Central and South America. The conservation challenge is to hear what the birds are telling us, communicate the science, and teach the story – especially to the students of today, who will be the scientists and voters of tomorrow.
Bio: Trevor was born in Oxford, England and was educated at the University of Wales and Boston University.
He began his experience in banding at the British Trust for Ornithology from 1968- 1971. He was
recruited to be Manomet Bird Observatory’s staff biologist in charge of the migration banding program in
Over the years, he has worked at conservation research and education in avian migration, breeding
ecology, physiology, taxonomy, evolution, and conservation biology. He has participated in bird census
and banding research, habitat evaluation analysis, wetland impact studies, potential effects of microwave
radiation on wildlife and evaluated appropriate siting for wind turbines. His field research has taken him
to much of the continental US, Alaska, Belize, British Isles, Canada, Eire, Portugal, Spain, Israel and
He holds or has held honorary positions at Nuttall Ornithological Club, Partners in Flight, Massachusetts
Avian Records Committee, Association of Field Ornithologists and the North American Banding Council.
He has many reports and papers in such publications as American Birds, Bird Observer, Condor, Auk,
Global Change Biology, Wilson (Bulletin) Journal of Ornithology, Smithsonian Inst. Press, and the
Journal of Field Ornithology to name a few.
Trevor is excited for his teaching opportunities to communicate his research. He served on the faculty of
the Field Biology Training Program at Manomet from 1986 – 1997. And since then, he has trained many
interns and volunteers, and taught thousands of adults, teachers, college students and school age children
about bird biology, evolution, conservation and climate change.
Restoring the Amazon Rainforest
This past summer, global attention was focused on widespread fires in the Amazon. Fires – and related deforestation for agriculture – have destroyed 800,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest over recent decades. Stopping deforestation is a priority, but scientists are also figuring out effective ways to restore forest. New research conducted by the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute has shown that lowland tapirs can restore degraded Amazonian forests by spreading tree seeds in areas that had been previously burned. Dave McGlinchey with speak about how tapirs may be among the cheapest and easiest solutions for large-scale forest restoration, according to the study. The lowland tapir (also known as the South American or Brazilian tapir) is considered endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and vulnerable by the IUCN. Their population is dwindling in the face of deforestation and hunting.
Bio: Dave McGlinchey is WHRC’s Chief of External Affairs. He is responsible for the Center’s partnerships and
policy outreach. Dave is passionate about raising public awareness about climate change impacts and solutions
and is the author of “Final Flight: 10 Northeastern Birding Spots at Risk from Climate Change. Dave earned his
B.A. from Wake Forest University and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. He serves on the boards of the
Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and the Spatial Informatics Group—Natural Assets Laboratory. In April 2019,
he traveled through Brazil with a CBS film crew to document the effects of deforestation – and the work of scientists
to save the Amazon.
A Deep Dive into the Ocean Twilight Zone
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has embarked on a bold new journey to explore the mesopelagic (aka the ocean twilight zone), a vast, globe-spanning, and dimly lit region between about 200 and 1,000 meters beneath the ocean’s surface. WHOI’s Ocean Twilight Zone Program Manager, CAPT Phil Renaud, will take you on a virtual journey to this hidden world where he will expose you to the denizens of the deep and all of the amazing technologies that WHOI is using to explore one of the Earth’s final frontiers.
Bio: Captain Philip G. Renaud, USN (Ret), is the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Program
Manager of the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) Program. The WHOI OTZ Program is one of the TED
Audacious Projects: a new model to inspire change at scale. OTZ is employing a multi-disciplinary team
of scientists, engineers, and communicators over a 6-year project to dramatically advance man’s
understanding of life and planetary importance of this vast zone of our world’s oceans. Formerly, Phil
served as the Executive Director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, a Private Operating
Foundation with a global mission to conserve the oceans through science, education and outreach. The
capstone accomplishment of Phil’s tenure at Living Oceans was leading the Global Reef Expedition; a
five-year, 15-country circumnavigation of the globe on the 220 ft research vessel, Golden Shadow, during
which the Foundation mapped and surveyed many of the world’s most remote reefs in order to advance
science and conservation management. His career in oceanography began at the Naval Academy where he
earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. During his distinguished 25-year career in the
Navy, he served as the oceanographer of an aircraft carrier, the lead oceanographer for the Commander,
Second Fleet, and the Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office. CAPT Renaud has
earned master’s degrees in Oceanography, Meteorology, Strategic Studies, and Business Administration.
He is an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, sailor and skier.
All attendees will receive a $5 coupon for Not Your Average Joe’s. Buttonwood Park Zoo members receive $5 off $25 every time they dine at Not Your Average Joe’s in Dartmouth just by showing their membership card!