Unbroken Wings: A Story of Birds and the People Who Saved Them
This webinar was presented by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society and recorded on January 21, 2022.
At the turn of the last century, birds in the US were facing multiple challenges. Entire species were disappearing or severely threatened. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was enacted in 1918 and has been credited with bringing species back from the brink. But despite this strong protection, new threats have appeared. From plume hunters and pesticides to the recovery of the Bluebird and Bald Eagle, we look at the history of species lost and species saved, conservation heroes, and birds whose range has changed in our lifetimes. We celebrate the successes along with the beauty of the birds to fortify our resolve to address current challenges facing avian populations.
The award-winning nature photography of Scott Stoner and Denise Hackert-Stoner of Naturelogues has been widely exhibited in New York State. Their work has appeared in numerous publications, including Birder’s World, National Wildlife, New York State Conservationist, the Albany Times Union, and several books. Their bird photos have been featured on several covers of The Kingbird, the journal of the New York State Ornithological Association. Recently, their feature article was published in the international Wild Sojourns Magazine.
Denise and Scott are long-time avid birders, each having served as officers, field trip leaders, and directors for the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club. They’ve given many slide presentations to birding, nature, and other groups across New York State, and teach birding and attracting birds in the adult education programs of several local school districts.
Scott is retired after a 31-year career with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Denise is an ordained priest in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. To see more of their work, please visit them at www.naturelogues.com.