Florida Museum curator presents lecture on island birds May 1

April 27th, 2005

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will provide a Science Sunday lecture titled “Going, Going, Gone: Trouble in Paradise for Island Birds” by Florida Museum Curator of Ornithology David Steadman from 2 – 3 p.m. on May 1.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Guests will learn about the precarious life of birds on islands, with an emphasis on their evolution, ecology and extinction.

Steadman has been published in more than 50 scientific publications and is currently conducting field projects in Fiji, the Cook Islands, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago. He also has been a University of Florida Research Foundation professor for five years.

The Florida Museum will offer a new program for children during the lecture, “Sunday Snoop.” Adults can take a break and enjoy the lecture while museum staff entertain children ages 4-10 for an hour with fun activities and a guided tour. Registration for “Sunday Snoop” is $5 and pre-registration is required. When book signings are held after a lecture, children will be returned to parents at the end of the lecture portion of the program.

Contact: Paul Ramey, (352) 846-2000, pramey@ufl.edu
Writer: Kristin Ede