Monday, April 2, 2012

Moth program with field guide author Seabrooke Leckie

It's with great anticipation that I announce an upcoming program, a joint effort between RRBO and the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center. Seabrooke Leckie, co-author of the new Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern North America will be visiting on Sunday, April 29, 2012. She will be giving an informal program on moths, and will be setting up her nocturnal moth-attracting gear in the campus natural area to see what is around. Late April can be fairly early for a wide variety of moths at this latitude, but with the exceptionally warm spring, it's hard to know what to expect! Let's hope the weather doesn't turn too fickle.

I can't wait to see the new field guide. It will be released shortly before the program, and Seabrooke will be happy to sign your copy (she will have some available for purchase, or you can pre-order at Amazon). This book is sorely needed, and you can read more about the story behind it, what it will include, and see some sample plates at Seabrooke's web site.

Plus, I'm really looking forward to finally meeting Seabrooke in person. I first became aware of her through her former work as a bird bander at Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station in Toronto. They banded a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 2003 that I recaptured here on campus in 2005. Since then, she and I have kept in touch through our blogs and social networking. Seven years is like forever in the ephemeral world of the Internet, so it feels like we have been friends a long time. I'm eager to met her ITRW ("in the real world"), as the kids say these days.

The program will take place from 8 PM until midnight at the campus EIC. A map and directions are on this page.

The program is free, and children must be at least 12 years of age to attend. We ask that you please RSVP by dropping us a note; you can do so by filling out the contact form on the RRBO web site.

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