Walter Jetz / Tracking Birds With Satellites: Taking the Pulse of the Planet

Chasing Birds with SatellitesTaking the Pulse of the Planet.
Join us for cocktail hour, dinner, science quiz (with prizes!), and presentation by Yale Prof. Walter Jetz at the 9th Annual Darwin Day Dinner Saturday, February 11, 2017

DARWIN DAY is an international celebration of science and humanity held around Charles Darwin’s February 12th birthday, celebrating the discoveries and life of the man, and expressing gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity.

Species worldwide are undergoing changes in their distribution, ecology, and behavior with wide-ranging implications for them and for humans. Capturing these changes allows us to better manage their impacts and prevent extinctions. New ‘big’ biodiversity data– citizen science records, animal tracking data, camera traps – combined with remote and aerial sensing technology now enable a more comprehensive capture of the pulse of our planet. Walter Jetz, Director of the new Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change, will showcase work by his group in collaboration with NASA and biodiversity monitoring efforts worldwide.

Sponsored by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the Bartlett Arboretum, Earthplace, the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Unitarian Church in Westport, the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (HFFC), and the Norwalk Public Schools Science Department.