Public Programs

Virtual Public Programs via Zoom

May 17, 2021 at 8:00 PM

Michael Allen: Grassland birds in a dynamic human landscape: seeking conservation solutions from fields to biomes

Bird populations in North America are in trouble. Grassland birds are among the steepest declining groups, but they also offer hope in their ready response to management. This talk will discuss strategies and solutions to reduce their decline, at scales ranging from individual farm fields to regions and biomes.

Dr. Michael Allen is a quantitative ecologist and conservation biologist with over 20 years of bird conservation research experience in non-profit and in academic settings. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Rutgers University, where he received his PhD in 2019 for his work on grassland birds. His current work integrates fieldwork and large-scale data synthesis to tackle a variety of conservation issues ranging from sea level rise to invasive species.

To register for this event, please email [email protected] to receive a link to Zoom Meeting with access code. Space is limited to first 100 registrants,

Rick Wright at Monserrat © Rick Wright

Prior to Coronavirus-19, programs were held on the third Monday of each month

Programs were 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.

Cerulean Warbler © WM Commons

Above: Young Grasshopper Sparrow.

Middle: Baby Grasshopper Sparrows

Below: Grassland

Left: Dr. Michael Allen

Cerulean Warbler © WM Commons
Cerulean Warbler © WM Commons

Below: Map of Stainton Hall, our venue for public programs venue that is closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus pandemic

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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