Pepper Trail

 K1 Solving Crime with Feathers: The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist

Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, OIT College Union Auditorium

Join us for a truly unique presentation by Dr. Pepper Trail of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s wildlife forensics laboratory. This keynote will provide a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the world’s leading wildlife crime lab, and show how law enforcement is critical to the conservation of endangered birds, both in the United States and around the world. This work has been featured in Audubon magazine and National Geographic.

Fee: $10

George Lepp

K2 Here, There, and Everywhere: Photographing Birds with George Lepp 

Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, OIT College Union Auditorium

Wildlife photographer George Lepp has pursued his passion for birds around the world in support of research, education, and art. In this program, George shares the unique images he’s captured in locations as diverse as Antarctica, the Americas, the African Continent, and his own backyard. Lepp shares the latest methods and equipment for wild bird photographers, including frame grabs from 4K video, long-lens and tele-extender techniques, and fast action capture. Bird watchers and photographers alike will enjoy this program about new places, subjects, and techniques illustrated by the best of the photographs and stories Lepp has accumulated over his long career.

FREE but registration required

Underwritten by Canon

Julie Zickefoose

K3 Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest 

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:30 – 8:30 pm, OIT College Union Auditorium

Why and how do baby songbirds develop so quickly, some launching into flight only 11 days after hatching? In 2002, Julie Zickefoose began to draw and paint wild nestlings day by day, bearing witness to their swift growth. Over the next 13 years, Julie would document the daily changes in 17 bird species from hatching to fledging. Baby Birds is the enchanting result, with more than 500 life studies that hop, crawl and flutter through its pages. In this talk, Julie shares her influences as well as her artistic process, a must-see for the aspiring natural history artist. The work, wonder and fun of studying nestlings, including being foster mother to orphaned hummingbirds, chimney swifts and bluebirds, makes for an irresistible and highly inspirational presentation.

Fee $10