Programs & Events

Science Cafe: Saving the World’s Waterfowl

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Science Talks
Aug. 23, 2012 | Thursday, 6:30pm
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6:30 – 8:00 p.m. with discussion beginning at 7:00 followed by Q&A
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - NRC Daily Planet Science Cafe, Raleigh

How did North Carolina become home to one of the world’s largest and most biologically significant bird parks? Hear the story directly from Mike Lubbock, the man who embarked on many expeditions to the most remote areas of the planet, studying and collecting birds in order to save them from extinction.

From the Okavango Delta in Africa, to Australia, Alaska and Argentina, Lubbock explored the wilds, relying on his vast knowledge of avian behavior to locate and safely collect incubated eggs of various waterfowl species for captive management and study. As a consultant, Mike worked with other naturalists attempting to save critically endangered species such as the White-headed Duck in Spain, the Atitlan Grebe of Guatemala and most recently, the Brazilian Merganser in the Serra da Canastra National Park of Brazil.   

Lubbock ultimately brought his expertise in avian behavior and breeding techniques to North Carolina, establishing Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck. The park allows the public to view the many colorful varieties of bird species from around the world, attend eco-education programs, and observe wildlife in the park’s natural wetland.

A separate section of Sylvan Heights encompasses the extensive Avian Breeding Center, where Mike and a highly trained staff of aviculturalists work tirelessly to breed rare and endangered species of waterfowl and other birds.

About the Speaker:

Mike Lubbock is Executive Director of Sylvan Heights Bird Park and founder of Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center, organizations dedicated to the survival of the world’s waterfowl species. In addition to receiving 17 World and 15 North American First Breeding Awards, he was inducted into the International Wild Waterfowl Association’s Hall of Fame and is also a recipient of the prestigious Jean Delacour Avicultural Award.