Spring 2012 Lecture: Birds, Trees and their Ecological Interdependence

06/21/2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location
Newton Free Library

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Brooks Mathewson
Harvard University Master of Forest Science 2006

Ecologist and fine art photographer Brooks Mathewson has been observing and photographing the forests, beaver ponds, salt marshes, and barrier beaches of New England for more than a decade. In his work Brooks seeks to capture the emotions these places evoke while conveying statements about their ecology and in the process create an inspirational artistic image. In this presentation, he will illustrate the connections between avian and plant life, particularly the way birds depend on trees.

Brooks holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Forest Science from Harvard University. Brooks’ research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he has lectured on songbird migration, breeding bird biology, warbler ecology, and forest ecology at Harvard Forest, the Arnold Arboretum, Holy Cross, the Boston Nature Center, the Newton Free Library, and Ninigret and Sachuest National Wildlife Refuges. His photography has been published in magazines, scientific journals, textbooks, and field guides, and exhibited and sold at galleries, museums, Audubon Sanctuaries, and National Wildlife Refuges throughout New England. Visit http://avianartimages.com/ to see examples of Brooks’ avian photographic work, particularly the new Birdwatcher’s Calendar which we hope to make available soon.

This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Conservators and the Newton Free Library.