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Thursday May 13, 2021 7:00 PM
 
Pair of Bald Eagles in nest with 2 baby eagles
Samson and Gabby with their offspring Romy and Jules.

Thursday, May 13th, 7pm on Zoom

American Eagle Foundation has a longstanding history in the conservation of bald eagles and other birds of prey. Over the course of over 30 years, they have released 180 bald eagles back into the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The conservation efforts of citizens, lawmakers, and organizations like us have culminated in the bald eagle’s triumphant comeback from the brink of extinction. Recent studies have found that the population has quadrupled since the last count!

The UT Arboretum Society presents the American Eagle Foundation for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives of our resident raptors, including our charismatic bald eagle ambassadors! As Dr. Miller guides you on a virtual tour, you will learn about eagle and other raptors’ roles within our ecosystem, how AEF cares for them, and how we can help protect them.

Register to receive your Zoom link. The program will be recorded so you may view later if unable to attend at scheduled time. Contact Michelle Campanis, UT Arboretum Education Coordinator with any questions or registration issues: mcampani@utk.edu

Our presenter: While completing her PhD in literature at Auburn University, Dr. Miller started volunteering at a local raptor facility in 2012. She decided to pursue raptor education as a full-time career upon graduating and joined American Eagle Foundation’s team in 2018. As an educator and falconer, she hopes to share her partnership with raptors as a force for good, inspiring a passion for avian conservation in the hearts of generations to come.

Dr. Robyn Miller
Dr. Robyn Miller

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Thursday May 27, 2021 7:00 PM
 

Thursday, May 27th, 7pm EST on ZOOM – Register to receive your Zoom link. Birding is an activity that can bring so much joy and empowerment to everybody, but not everybody is able to go birding easily. Birdability is a non-profit organization focused on removing barriers to access for birders with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, intellectual or developmental disabilities (including autism), mental illness, being Deaf or Hard of Hearing and other health concerns; and bringing the joy of birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who aren’t yet birders. Learn about why this should matter to you (even if you don’t have an accessibility challenge), ways to be a more welcoming and inclusive birder, the Birdability Map (and how to submit a Birdability Site Review) and our resources for birders (and potential future birders) with accessibility challenges… because birding is for everybody and every body! Learn more and find resources at birdability.org This program is co-sponsored by Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society.

Freya McGregor, Birdabiblity Coordinator

Presenter: Freya McGregor, OTR/L, CIG is the Birdability Coordinator and Occupational Therapist. Birding since childhood, her ‘dodgy’ knee often creates an accessibility challenge for her. With a background in blindness and low vision services, she is passionate about enabling all birders and potential future birders to enjoy birding and nature as much as she does.

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Thursday June 24, 2021 7:00 PM
 
Asian longhorned tick

Thursday, June 24, 7pm EST – Anyone who spends time outdoors in warm weather needs to be aware of diseases that can be transmitted by ticks. According to the CDC, tick-borne illnesses doubled in the U.S. between 2014 and 2016. Because ticks are so small, people might not even notice when they’ve been bitten by one.

Thursday, June 24, at 7pm EST Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and the UT Arboretum Society will cosponsor Zoom program with Dr. Richard Gerhold, an assistant professor of parasitology in the Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences at UT’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gerhold holds a B.S. in wildlife science and a DVM from Purdue University, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in veterinary pathology from the University of Georgia. He completed a two-year National Science Foundation-funded post-doctoral fellowship at UT’s Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Department, researching Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Registration for this free online event is required to receive your Zoom link. Contact Michelle Campanis regarding any questions or registration issues: mcampani@tennessee.edu

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