Here's a novel presentation that should capture your interest!
8 p.m., Friday, November 3, 2006.
THE LITTLE THINGS THAT RUN THE EARTH: OF BUGS AND BIRDS. Dr. Faith B. Kuehn.
Entomologist Faith B. Kuehn will speak on the fascinating world of insects and the linkage to birds and ecological functions. Dr. Kuehn, Treasurer of the American Entomological Society, will share her passion for bugs in discussing invasive vs. native plants and the relevance of this issue to insect herbivores and their primary predators, birds. The emerging issue of pollinator conservation, covering insects, birds and bats will be covered, as will the potential impacts of declining populations of native butterflies and bees. National and local initiatives aimed at reversing these declines, examples of how habitat destruction and modification negatively affect insect populations, and efforts to restore environments will be discussed. Her talk will include a display of both native insects and insect jewelry, as Dr. Kuehn explores her hobby of making the connections between art and the science of insect life, and investigating art that reflects the structure, function and spirit of insects. She has arranged symposia and given numerous talks on the subjects of insect jewelry and insects in art.
Dr. Kuehn is Plant Industries Administrator, Delaware Department of Agriculture, where her duties include nursery inspection and certification, surveys for noxious weeds and other invasive species, permitting for the transport of plant pests and biological control agents, and agricultural biotechnology. She serves as the Chair of the Delaware Invasive Species Council. Her specific areas of interest are insect conservation, invasive species, the co-evolution of insects and plants, and entomological history. With over 19 years of research, development, technical support, marketing, and regulatory experience in the area of plant protection, Dr. Kuehn also was Museum Director for the Insectarium in Philadelphia. She has an M.B.A, University of Delaware, Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Arizona, M.S. in Botany and Zoology, University of Oklahoma, and B.A. in Zoology, Connecticut College.
This program and meeting of the Anne Arundel Bird Club will be held, this time only, at Annapolis City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD. Parking is either on the street or in the HIllman Parking Garage directly behind City Hall.
(Also, the speaker originally scheduled for this meeting unfortunately had to withdraw for health reasons.)
Sue Ricciardi for
Gerald Winegrad, Program Chair, Anne Arundel Bird Club