The Natural History Lecture Series - May 9
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
$25 Donation benefits the wildlife conservation and education efforts of the Sutton Avian Research Center
Hosted by the Sutton Avian Research Center https://www.suttoncenter.org/
The Sutton Center is a wildlife conservation organization right here in Bartlesville. After their success with the recovery of the Bald Eagle (there were none when their started their work and now there are more than 175 active nests in Oklahoma!) they are currently working to restore 2 of the most endangered birds in North America.
With Groggs' mission of: "Providing environmentally friendly products that engage citizens in work and recreation by improving individual and public well-being through gardening." And the Sutton's mission of "finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education." We are excited to partner for this series with delicious food from the garden and interesting intellectual food for the mind!
Guest Speaker: Bruce Beehler
Bruce Beehler is an ornithologist, ecologist, conservationist, author, and popular lecturer on natural history topics. He is currently a Research Associate in the Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Beehler has spent much of his scientific career studying and working to conserve the birds and their forest habitats. After conducting pre-doctoral and doctoral fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Beehler worked for ten years at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, followed by stints at the Wildlife Conservation Society, U.S. Department of State, Counterpart International, Conservation International, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Beehler is an elective Fellow of the American Ornithologists Union, and has served on the boards of RARE, the Livingston-Ripley Nature Conservancy, and American Bird Conservancy (ABC). In addition, Beehler served for three years as Chair of ABC’s Policy Council (predecessor to the Bird Conservation Alliance).
From the Reserve - Meet Our Chef
Recognized as one of America’s Best Chefs in 2013 by the association Best Chefs America, Andrew Donovan comes to us from Pompano Beach, Florida where he was the Executive Chef at Orzo Bay Boca Raton. With a background from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Chef Donovan received his degree in Culinary Arts in 2000 and helped enhance the culinary experience and artisanship through various roles throughout the west coast.
From 2010-2014, Donovan and his wife owned and operated the farm-to-table concept Brine and Bottle in Nags Head, NC, which was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, as well as Taste of the South and Outer Banks magazines.
We are excited for him to showcase what our gardens and local ranchers can bring to the table!