Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
The speaker for the April meeting will be Len Smock and his topic will be “Birding in Western Alaska.”
Len joined the Biology Department of VCU back in 1979 and only recently stepped down last July after almost four decades. He served as Chairman of that department for over twenty years and in 2005 became the first Director of VCU’s Rice Rivers Center, a biological research station on the James, southeast of Richmond, that was only created thanks to a generous gift some five years before. A specialist in aquatic ecology, he has long been an avid birder too, something that is simply bound to be true, or he would not have found himself birding on a roadless island just thirty miles away from Siberia. He will have much to say about guillemots, puffins, auklets, and more. Those who prefer to experience their cold and inhospitable climes vicariously should come to see and hear Len. Few can possibly have his range of knowledge, so it could not fail to be a show to remember. As a bonus, we might learn something about the Rice Rivers station, a promising and relatively new addition to the conservation scene in Virginia.
As tradition dictates, you are invited to our Meet the Speaker pre-meeting dinner at Brick Oven Restaurant, 1966 Rio Hill Center, Charlottesville at 5:30pm.