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

Recent Speakers

  • Professor David Wilcove: Conserving Asia’s Vanishing Birds
  • Jacob B. Socolar: The Impact of Habitat Loss on Avian Biodiversity from the Amazon to the Eastern US.
  • January 16Juanita Hummel: Birds of Cuba
  • February 20 | George Gregory: The Cerulean Warbler, a Migrant in Decline

Upcoming Speakers

  • March 20 | Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration
  • April 17 | Jeffery Hall:  Birds of Northwest PA
  • May 15 | Frank Gill: Bird Species Taxonomy 2017

March 20: Rick Wright: Sparrow Tales: Discovering Brown

Small, brown, and boring—right? Anything but! While we may think of sparrow watching as a sort of contemplation practiced on bright, chilly mornings, the explorers and ornithologists responsible for discovering and describing these familiar birds might have a very different opinion. The annals of American ornithology are full of untold tales of daring and danger in the pursuit of these little brown birds, and our appreciation of the discoverers’ exploits will make sure that we never dismiss any of them as “just a sparrow” again. Join Rick Wright to learn more about the surprising circumstances of science’s first encounters with some of our familiar birds.   

Rick Wright, a native of southeast Nebraska, studied French, German, philosophy, and life sciences at the University of Nebraska, where he worked in the bird collections of the State Museum and served as teaching assistant to Paul Johnsgard. After a detour to Harvard Law School, Rick took the M.A. and Ph.D. in German at Princeton University. His years as an academic included appointments as assistant professor of German at the University of Illinois, reader/scholar at Princeton University’s Index of Christian Art, and associate professor of medieval studies at Fordham University. Among his scholarly publications are two books on the Latin and German animal literature of the late Middle Ages. He is also the author of the American Birding Association’s field guides to birds of New Jersey, of Arizona, and of Nebraska, and of the forthcoming Peterson Reference Guide to North American sparrows. A prolific contributor to the birding literature and a sought-after lecturer, Rick lives with his wife, Alison Beringer, and their chocolate lab, Gellert, in Bloomfield, New Jersey, where he is an appointed member of the environmental commission.

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.





Jacob Socolar talk on biodiversity and deforestation in the Amazon basin

Above: Jacob B. Socolar: The Impact of Habitat Loss on Avian Biodiversity from the Amazon to the Eastern US.

Towhee © Rick Wright
Towhee © Rick Wright

Eastern Towhee (second from bottom) from Rick Wright’s talk “Sparrow Tales: Discovering Brown”

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Assunpink Wildlife Management Area 8:30 am
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Mar 11 @ 8:30 am
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Washington Crossing State Park 1:30 pm
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Mar 19 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
A field trip on Sunday, March 19, at 1:30-3:30 pm, led by Wayne Henderek and Franta Broulik. We will walk a few of the many trails in the park looking for spring migrants and resident[...]
Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration 8:00 pm
Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School
Mar 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration @ Stainton Hall at Pennington School | Pennington | New Jersey | United States
Rick Wright: Preface to the Spring Sparrow Migration Refreshments served at 7:30 pm; program begins at 8:00 pm. Rick Wright speaker
Cumberland County
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Mar 25 all-day
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