Upcoming Programs


Wednesday, September 25th @ 7PM

Chappaqua Performing Arts Center

Screening of the film “From Paris to Pittsburgh”

From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change.

Hosted by the Chappaqua Library and the Town of New Castle. Co-sponsored by Bedford Audubon, BRSS Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon, Putnam Highlands Audubon, Saw Mill River Audubon, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County, Films on Purpose.


Saturday, October 26th @ 9AM - 12:30PM

Westchester County Center

Climate Change Boot Camp

Get up to speed on climate change, what you need to know, and what you can do. This Climate Change Boot Camp will focus on local effects of climate change and responses from local and regional government. Cost: $12 per person.

Co-sponsored by Bedford Audubon, BRSS Audubon, Central Westchester Audubon, Hudson River Audubon, Orange County Audubon, Putnam Highlands Audubon, Saw Mill River Audubon, Federated Conservationists of Westchester County.

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Monday, October 28th @7pm

Tuckahoe Public Library

Elizabeth Cherry--For the Birds

Ph.D., University of Georgia
Master of Arts, University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Dr. Elizabeth Cherry is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Her research focuses on culture and social movements, specifically in cultural analyses of social movements and social movement analyses of contentious subcultures. She is interested in the role culture plays in constraining and enabling collective action, as well as how activists attempt to change culture. Topically, she studies issues concerning animals, food, and the environment.

For the Birds offers readers a glimpse behind the binoculars and reveals birders to be important allies in the larger environmental conservation movement. With a wealth of data from in-depth interviews and over three years of observing birders in the field, environmental sociologist Elizabeth Cherry argues that birders learn to watch wildlife in ways that make an invaluable contribution to contemporary conservation efforts. She investigates how birders develop a “naturalist gaze” that enables them to understand the shared ecosystem that intertwines humans and wild animals, an appreciation that motivates them to participate in citizen science projects and wildlife conservation.

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Wednesday, November 13th @7pm

Bronxville Public Library

George Amato--Endangered Species of North America

Yale University, Ph.D., 1994
Yale University, M.S.
Yale University, M.Phil.
University of Connecticut, B.S., 1978

Dr. Amato's current research interests include genetic threats associated with habitat fragmentation in endangered species, molecular ecology, taxonomic and phylogenetic questions related to determining units of conservation, using molecular markers for assessing priority areas for biodiversity conservation, non-invasive sampling techniques for endangered species and monitoring the trade in endangered species products using DNA based forensic science. Dr. Amato has participated in research activities worldwide, including research in Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Madagascar, South Africa, Tanzania, Malaysia, China and Peru. He has published and lectured extensively on conservation strategies for endangered species and especially on using molecular analyses to determine conservation priorities.


Wednesday, January 15th @7pm

Eastchester Public Library

Jessica Schuler--Connecting Urban Youth to Nature through Citizen Science and Ecological Restoration

Jessica A. Schuler, Director of the Thain Family Forest at The New York Botanical Garden, is responsible for the management of the 50 acre, old growth urban Forest including ecological restoration and the development of education and research programs. She teaches about urban forest restoration, invasive species, and native plants. Jessica earned a BS in plant science with distinction in research from Cornell University, is an ISA-certified arborist and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner with the Society for Ecological Restoration. Jessica is an advocate for native plant conservation and ecological restoration.

The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom; this mission is achieved through three main program areas science, education, and horticulture. The Thain Family Forest program encompasses all three of these program areas through ongoing ecological restoration and monitoring work in the 50-acre urban, old-growth forest. Over the past 10 years, many youth programs have engaged in ecological restoration and monitoring work within the Forest. We find that the programs that include both a citizen science monitoring and hands-on restoration component are the most successful. Providing middle school and high school students with an authentic fieldwork experience, engaging them in data collection and allowing them to draw their own conclusions. This program model empowers students with the knowledge and ability to become environmental stewards. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas, the stakes are now at their highest to engage urban youth in nature and environmental stewardship. This talk will discuss the curriculum that NYBG has developed to monitor invasive plant species, water quality, and phenology to teach ecology and the importance of ecological restoration as a conservation practice to urban youth in New York City.