Public Programs

Programs are held on the third Monday of each month

Programs are held at Stainton Hall auditorium at the Pennington School on the 3rd Monday of each month, from September to May. Time: Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. We strive to feature engaging speakers and interesting topics for our lecture series. If you have any recommendations for topics or speakers for one of these programs, please visit our contact page and let us know. All our programs are free and don’t require advance registration!

Stainton Hall, Pennington School
112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, New Jersey 08534

FYI:  There is a new entrance to The Pennington School campus off W. Delaware Ave just a few feet to the west of the old one.  It leads to a new parking lot immediately behind Stainton Hall.  For now, one can use both entrances, but parking at the new one is less crowded and conveniently close to the rear entrance near the south side of the building.

Cassie StoddardThe Colorful World of Birds

Monday, September 16, 2019 at 8:00 PM

***MINOR VENUE CHANGE AT PENNINGTON SCHOOL*** see info and map below!

Birds evolved about 150 million years ago, and today they are the most diverse and colorful land vertebrates. In my group, we are fascinated by the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive this variation. In the field, we are establishing a system for studying color perception in wild hummingbirds in the Rocky Mountains. These tiny iridescent birds lead colorful lives, performing spectacular courtship dives and pollinating diverse wildflowers. We also study the avian egg, a remarkable structure that is built to break. The eggs laid by stealthy cuckoos and flightless emus offer insights into avian behavior and evolution.

Dr. Mary Caswell Stoddard (Cassie) is an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. She is a research affiliate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. She is a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow and a 2018 Packard Fellow.

PLEASE NOTE:

The Pennington School is redirecting us on Monday night to the Yen Humanities building which is the new tall edifice immediately on the right as you enter the campus off W. Delaware Ave.  The door to enter will be on your right (see arrow).  Passengers can be dropped off at the Yen building but drivers will have to park where you usually do for Stainton Hall and walk back. 

 

Stainton Hall Auditorium

Stainton Hall is on the campus of the Pennington School located on Delaware Avenue between Route 31 and Main Street in Pennington. Enter campus from Delaware Avenue between the brick lamp posts, proceed a short distance and turn right into the parking area. Parking is free. The walkway to Stainton Hall is evident at the end of the parking lot.

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Top: Broad-tailed hummingbird © David Inouye 
Below: Gull Eggs, photo by M. C. Stoddard

Left: Cassie Stoddard in Princeton University’s Bird Room; photo by Denise Applewhite, Princeton University Office of Communications 

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Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) 9:00 am
Edwin Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) @ Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Visitor Center
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A field trip on Saturday, September 7, at 9:00 am, led by Jim Myers and Brad Merritt. We start our fall field trip season at the fascinating location of Brigantine, located off Rt. 9 in[...]
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Cassie Stoddard: The Colorful World of Birds 8:00 pm
Cassie Stoddard: The Colorful World of Birds @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Sep 16 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Cassie Stoddard: The Colorful World of Birds @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Cassie Stoddard: The Colorful World of Birds Monday, September 16, 2019, at 8:00 pm Birds evolved about 150 million years ago, and today they are the most diverse and colorful land vertebrates. In my group,[...]
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