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.

Monday, November 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Tong Mu: 

Migration in a Changing World: Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds in East Asia

Migration has fascinated humans for generations, but both the phenomenon of migration and the population of migratory animals are in precipitous decline around the world due to various anthropogenic threats. Practical and feasible conservation actions depend on the fundamental ecological understanding of the causal relationship between the threats and consequences. Stemming from fieldwork in Russia and China, Tong Mu uses coastal shorebirds as a model system to investigate the mechanisms linking habitat loss to the population decline of migratory birds, as well as the biological and ecological factors leading to the interspecific differences in their vulnerability and responses to the changing environment.

Tong Mu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. In addition to his research, he works closely with NGOs, local communities, and governmental agencies in conservation planning and management of shorebirds and their habitats in East Asia. He, as a member of the Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper team, is also heavily involved in the research and conservation of this charismatic shorebird species on both breeding and non-breeding grounds.

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.

Parking

Above: Shorebird aggregation at stopover site © Tong Mu
Below: Chicks of Spoon-billed Sandpiper © Tong Mu
Left: Tong Mu with Red-necked Stint

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Mercer Meadows, Reed Bryan side of Pole Farm 8:00 am
Mercer Meadows, Reed Bryan side of Pole Farm @ Mercer Meadows Pole Farm, Reed Bryan Farm
Nov 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
NEW for the Fall:  A field trip on Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 am, led by Jim Myers. Join us for a fascinating walk around the Pole Farm of Mercer Meadows. We will be on[...]
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Sandy Hook National Park 9:00 am
Sandy Hook National Park @ Sandy Hook Parking Lot B
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Sandy Hook National Park @ Sandy Hook Parking Lot B | Highlands | New Jersey | United States
Sandy Hook National Park A field trip on Saturday, November 10, at 9:00 AM, led by Brad Merritt and Andrew Bobe. Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding and a great way to learn more about[...]
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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation at The Watershed Institute, an event on Saturday, November 9. Three sessions at 6:15 PM, 7:30 PM, or 8:45 PM.  Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls and what local researchers are doing to study and conserve these tiny[...]
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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  6:15 pm
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed
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Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation  @ Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding Presentation at The Watershed Institute, an event on Saturday, November 16. Three sessions at 6:15 PM, 7:30 PM, or 8:45 PM.  Learn about Northern Saw-whet Owls and what local researchers are doing to study and conserve these tiny[...]
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Tong Mu: Migration in a Changing World: Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds in East Asia 8:00 pm
Tong Mu: Migration in a Changing World: Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds in East Asia @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Nov 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Tong Mu: Migration in a Changing World: Ecology and Conservation of Shorebirds in East Asia @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Tong Mu:  Age, Size, Configuration, and Context: Useful Landscape Attributes for Conserving and Managing Biodiversity Monday, November 18, 2019, at 8:00 pm Migration has fascinated humans for generations, but both the phenomenon of migration and[...]
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