Brimley Society Exclusive: Director’s Brunch
Special Guest Speaker: Dr. Bruce M. Beehler
Brimley Society members are invited to join Museum Director, Dr. Emlyn Koster for a private Sunday brunch with special guest speaker Dr. Bruce M. Beehler, internationally acclaimed ornithologist.
Dr. Emlyn Koster, Museum Director, will share reflections on his first year at the helm of this remarkable resource and some insights about its opportunities ahead. Dr. Beehler will present exclusive highlights and entertain questions from his more than 50 field trips to the great island of New Guinea, studying New Guinea's wonderful birds-of-paradise and other bizarre wildlife.
Dr. Beehler will sign copies of his book, "Lost Worlds: Adventures in the Tropical Rainforest," immediately following the brunch.
About the Museum Director
Emlyn Koster is a geologist who after university faculty and research agency appointments became the CEO of four major science and natural history museums. Widely traveled and published, he is dedicated to engaging all stages of learning with the world of science and, in particular, to applying the unique toolkit of museums to the intensifying opportunities and challenges facing society and the environment.
About the Speaker
Dr. Bruce M. Beehler is an ornithologist, ecologist, and naturalist based in the Division of Birds or the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Beehler has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve the birds and rainforests of the Asia-Pacific Region.
An internationally-known ornithologist and leader of natural history expeditions, Dr. Beehler has studied birds-of-paradise for nearly 40 years. He has expanded knowledge of courtship behavior, foraging tactics and social systems. In 2005, he and his team were the first scientists to observe a male Bronze Parotia in the wild, during an expedition deep in the little-explored Foja Mountains.