Virtual Cahow Lunch & Learn On January 28

January 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Cahow, a virtual lunch and learn event will be held on Thursday [Jan 28], with guest speakers Dr. David Wingate, Miguel Mejias, and Jeremy Maderios taking part.

A spokesperson said, “In celebration of the iconic 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Cahow, a number of community stakeholders are joining in collaboration by staging an engaging lunchtime virtual event on Thursday, January 28th from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.

“The platform for this virtual celebration is being provided by the Bermuda College, which has been partnering with the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce [BEST] for several years, offering monthly Lunch & Learn Sessions focused on environmental matters.

“The Bermuda College Chair of the Science Department, Amy Harvey, will serve as host for the streamed event carried on via Facebook and YouTube. Audience members will be able to post questions in the chat rooms that can be answered in real time by our guest speakers.

“The historic rediscovery of the Cahow on an islet in Castle Harbour was achieved by a small search team in 1951 involving then-curator of the Aquarium, Louis Mowbray; Robert and Grace Murphy of the American Museum of Natural History; and 15-year-old David Wingate.

“As we know, that teenager was so inspired by that success that he went on to champion a globally-recognized innovative project which has sustained that endangered bird.

“David’s success – in the face of daunting odds – has offered a template appreciated internationally, especially in light of the challenges being faced through the sixth extinction. His example of engagement as a teen is potentially inspiring for today’s young people.

“The virtual event will include:

  • “Clips from Lucinda Spurling’s celebrated film Rare Bird.
  • “A Q&A session involving Dr. David Wingate.
  • “Insights from Miguel Mejias, graduate of CedarBridge and Bermuda College – a mentee of Dr. Wingate who is currently completing a most relevant PhD in Canada.
  • “An overview by Jeremy Maderios regarding the current status of Nonsuch and the Cahow Project.

“This event is open to the whole community with some focus on local students. Its specific concept was born out of the collaboration facilitated by Glenn Fubler of Imagine Bermuda, involving school principals, public and private, from senior and middle schools -offers unlimited potential in benefiting the entire community.”

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