The AMNH's September Public Programs and Events Include Morning Fall Bird Walks in Central Park, The Copernicus Complex with Caleb Scharf, and More

The AMNH's September Public Programs and Events Include Morning Fall Bird Walks in Central Park, The Copernicus Complex with Caleb Scharf, and More

Morning Fall Bird Walks in Central Park
Eight Tuesdays, September 2-October 21, 7-9 am
Eight Wednesdays, September 3-October 22, 7-9 am
Eight Thursdays, September 4-October 23, 7-9 am
Eight Fridays, September 5-October 24, 9­-11 am
$85 per person
Observe the exciting fall migration of birds in Central Park with Ornithologists Paul Sweet (Tuesdays,7am and Fridays, 9am) and Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 am). Learn how to use field marks, habitat and behavior as aids to identification of "confusing fall warblers", thrushes, sparrows and raptors as they pass through Central Park en route to their homes. Birder field cards included.

Lunchtime Fall Bird Walks
Four Tuesdays, September 3-24, Noon-1:30 pm
Four Tuesdays, September 30-October 21, Noon-1:30 pm
$50 per person
Catch a glimpse of owls, hawks and woodpeckers in the woods, finches and sparrows in the fields, and ducks and gulls in the lakes as ornithologist Paul Sweet or Dale Dyer guides you through three Central Park habitats to observe the varied bird species that make New York City their home.

Please note: walks begin across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street. Enrollment is limited to 20 people per series. For more information, call the Bird Walk Hotline at 212-313-7579.

The Copernicus Complex with Caleb Scharf
Monday, September 8 at 7:30 pm
$15 ($13.50 seniors, students)
$12 for Members
Though the concept of "the universe" suggests the containment of everything, the latest ideas in cosmology hint that our universe may be just one of a multitude of others-a single slice of an infinity of parallel realities. Renowned astrophysicist and author Caleb Scharf takes us on a cosmic adventure like no other, from tiny microbes under the Earth's surface to distant exoplanets and beyond, asserting that the age-old Copernican principle is in need of updating.

An Indomitable Beast with Alan Rabinowitz
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 pm
Kauffman Theater
$15 ($13.50 seniors, students)
Free for Members
In his book An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar, big-cat expert Alan Rabinowitz shares his journey to conserve a species that, despite its past resilience, is now on a slide toward extinction. Including a mix of personal stories and scientific inquiry, this lecture will go deep into the realm of the jaguar, offering fascinating accounts from the field and beyond. But the talk is not only about jaguars, but also about how to improve survival rates for other living things-and also how to more ably face down immediate and long-term catastrophic changes to our environment. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Lonesome George and the Galapagos Today: What the Tortoise Taught Us
Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm
$15 ($13.50 seniors, students)
$12 for Members
Charles Darwin's visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835 helped him decipher evolution by natural selection, the process responsible for the dizzying abundance of species on the planet. Today, hundreds of species go extinct each year. In honor of the Museum's special exhibition of Lonesome George, the famed Galapagos tortoise that was the last of his species, join us for an in-depth conversation about biodiversity and conservation. Uncover the issues and current environmental initiatives in the Galapagos, and explore the possibilities and perils that lie ahead. The conversation will feature Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galapagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, director of the Galapagos National Park. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Eleanor Sterling, chief conservation scientist of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

Autumn Skies Telescope Party
Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
$15 ($13.50 seniors, students)
$12 for Members
Explore autumn skies with Hayden presenters Christina Pease, Joe Rao, and Ted Williams. Visit the Andromeda Galaxy and a double open cluster in the constellation of Perseus, and finish in the Dome with a sneak peek of the upcoming lunar and solar eclipses. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. A limited number of binoculars will be available to use at the event.