Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday October 23 at 7:00 PM

Of Mallards and Men: Woodrow Wilson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and The Migratory Bird Treaty

A century ago, conservationists faced a crisis--the birds of America were under assault!  They rallied behind a series of laws designed to protect birds from hunting, but each was defeated.  Finally, they turned to diplomacy and negotiated a treaty with Canada to protect birds in North America.  With support from famous leaders like Woodrow Wilson and Oliver Wendell Holmes, conservationists won the day and preserved the nation's birds.  In this illustrated talk, birder and historian Kurk Dorsey will explain the origins of a law that is still saving our birds after nearly a century. Kurk Dorsey, a native of Cincinnati, received his PhD in History from Yale University in 1994. He has taught at UNH since then. He lives in Durham with his wife, Professor Molly Dorsey, and their two sons. Free and open to all. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Environmental Education.

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