May 10 -
Daniel Field, Yale grad student - Exploring the Avian Tree of Life
Unraveling the evolutionary relationships among the major groups of living birds has been one
of the greatest challenges in ornithology for over a century. Thanks to a recent Yale study, we
are now developing a clearer picture of avian evolutionary history, and the antiquity of modern
birds. This new bird tree of life sheds long-sought light on how modern birds came to be, and
will change the way you think about the house sparrows and mourning doves at your bird
feeders and the parrots in your homes!
Daniel Field, a doctoral candidate at Yale University and recognized expert in avian
paleontology, will be the guest speaker at The Parrot Club's May 10 meeting, and the public is
welcome to attend the program. Field will be defending his doctoral thesis on May 9 and will
hopefully be Dr. Field by the time he joins us for this exciting talk!
Field is a widely published researcher in the field of vertebrate paleontology whose studies
focus on such topics as the evolutionary origins of modern avian diversity. He has spent many
months in the field studying and photographing birds and has observed firsthand nearly 2,300
wild species in North and South America, Australasia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Japan.
His wildlife videos and images have appeared in academic publications, press releases, and magazines.
The Parrot Club is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 by a group of people interested in spreading the fun and enjoyment of exotic birds. The Parrot Club meets the second Tuesday of the month, March through December, with a picnic in August. There is social time from 7-7:30 p.m. followed by a program.
Our mission includes enhancing the knowledge and enjoyment of exotic birds for our members, encouraging preservation and conservation of all avian species, and introducing the general public to the joys and responsibilities of keeping and caring for companion birds.
The Parrot Club meets at the Veteran's
100 Sunset Ridge Road
East Hartford, CT
P.O. Box 463
Hartford, CT 06141-0463