The Nuttall Ornithological Club turned 150 years old in 2023 and we celebrated this anniversary on 8-11 September 2023. The NOC is the oldest ornithological organization in North America and was founded by William Brewster and friends in 1873. The club remains dedicated to study and discussion of ornithology.

The anniversary celebration started on 8 September with a welcome party at the hotel, including short presentations on the history of the club and introductions of past presidents, new members, speakers, and special guests. Saturday, 9 September featured morning and afternoon plenary sessions featuring renowned ornithologists covering a broad range of topics. That evening we enjoyed a gala dinner with a keynote address. Sunday was devoted to field trips.  On Monday, we we ran a pelagic birding trip out of Rye Harbor, NH.



Friday, 8 September 2023

Meet and Greet Reception from 6:00-7:00pm
Welcoming Remarks, NOC History Presentation, and Introductions  from 7:00-8:30 pm
Meet and Greet continued

Saturday 9 September 2023

Morning Plenary Session, moderated by J. Michael Reed

  • Bette Loiselle, Director, Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program in the Center for Latin American Studies and Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida; "Tropical birds that eat fruit: lessons learned about how dietary choices have significant impacts for ecology and evolution of birds"

  • Cristina Miyaki, Associate Professor at the Institute of Biosciences, Department of Genetics and Evolutionary Biology, University of São Paulo, Brazil; "Conservation genetics of Neotropical parrots and Biogeography of Atlantic forest birds"

  • Ted Floyd, Author and Birding magazine Editor, American Birding Association; "The Future of Field Ornithology"

Lunch 12-1:30 pm

Afternoon Plenary Session, moderated by John Kricher

  • Bruce Beehler, Ornithologist, Conservationist, Naturalist, and Research Associate, Division of Birds at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; "Exploring New Guinea's Rainforests and Its Birds of Paradise"

  • Sara Morris, Professor of Biology and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Canisius College; "Demystifying bird migration"

  • John Croxall, Emeritus Professor, Universities of Durham and Birmingham; Former Chair, BirdLife International Marine Programme; and Head of Higher Predator Studies and Conservation Biology at British Antarctic Survey; "Saving seabirds: research and conservation, past and future"

Brewster Photographs Exhibit Reception 5:00-6:00 pm

Gala Dinner 6:00-7:30 pm

Keynote Address 7:30-8:30 pm

Amanda Rodewald, Garvin Professor and Senior Director of the Center for Avian Population Studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at Cornell University; "More than a wing and a prayer: how birds can help bend the curve of biodiversity loss."

Field Trips

Sunday, 10 September 2023

  • Parker River NWR and Plum Island, all day (David Larson)

  • Brewster's Woods, Concord, MA, morning (Peter Alden)

  • Great Meadows NWR, Concord, MA, morning (David Sibley)

  • Brewster's Former Home and Museum, Cambridge, MA, midday (Dana Duxbury-Fox)

  • Bird Collection, Harvard MCZ, Cambridge, MA afternoon (Jeremiah Trimble)

Monday, 11 September 2023

  • Pelagic Birding Trip, Rye, NH, all day (Steve Mirick)