PROGRAMME for 2018
Monday 19 March — 6.30 pm — Justin Jansen — The ornithology of the Baudin expedition (1800–1804)
Abstract: Dwarf emus captured on King Island (King Island Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae minor) and Kangaroo Island (Kangaroo Island Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae baudinianus) were caged in wooden pens on the deck of his ship Géographe and force fed wine and rice mash when they refused to eat on the voyage home. Two were brought back and represent the sole specimens to reach Europe alive; after Baudin’s visit they became extinct. As well as live specimens of Black Swans Cygnus ater and cockatoos, Nicolas Baudin’s expedition (1800 -1804) returned with over 1000 bird skins. 75 new bird taxa were described as a result of this rich scientific haul. Baudin’s was one of the most successful scientific expeditions of the 19th century. Justin Jansen will guide you through the stunning collection of birds brought back by this French expedition. He has followed the feathered tale of Baudin’s birds throughout Europe’s rich collections, and this talk will showcase the fascinating findings that form the basis of his PhD thesis.
Biography: Justin Jansen has been a regular visitor to Europe’s major bird collections for years, and is a correspondent attached to Naturalis Biodiversity Center at Leiden, Netherlands. He is both schooled and working in civil engineering, but has strong interests in historical bird collections, biographies of collectors and challenging identification problems.
Monday 21 May — 6.30 pm — Bard Stokke — Cuckoos — full details to be confirmed shortly.
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June — A joint two-day meeting in Liverpool with the Society for the History of Natural History on the subject Bon Voyage? 250 Years Exploring the Natural World. Full details to be announced later.
Monday 17 September — 6.30 pm — details to be announced.
Monday 12 November — 6.30 pm — details to be announced.