Birds, "Dragons" and Other Treasures of Eagle Lakes Park

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00PM — 8:30PM

AWE January Evening Speaker with Dr. Jerry Jackson

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Dr. Jackson is noted for his research on the Ivory Billed Woodpecker about which he wrote a book, “In Search of the Ivory Billed Woodpecker.”

The bird was thought to be extinct since the mid -20th century but there have been reported sightings as recently as 2005 and 2006 in Arkansas and Florida. During his career, he has taught natural history, ornithology, mammology, biogeography, field zoology for educators, ecology and natural history of coastal environments, among others. He is host of WGCU’s public radio show, “With the Wild Things.”

This program will focus on birds of the park, but also introduce the diversity of butterflies, dragonflies, and some unusual (exotic) lizards there. Focus will also probe seasonal changes in the lives of these creatures, links among these creatures and their habitats, and how habitat changes have influenced them in both positive and negative ways. Eagle Lakes Park is a real treasure that is becoming well-known to birders from around the world.