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DOS February Meeting: “The Emilie Snethlage Expedition: Tales from the Juruá River in Brazil” by Marky Mutchler

February 17, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm UTC+0

About the presentation:

A group of women, partnered through LSU, inspired by the life of the courageous and adventurous ornithologist Emilie Snethlage, spent several years planning out a long and harrowing journey to investigate the Juruá River, a tributary of the Amazon. This river had never before been surveyed in modern times by ornithologists. Despite outside comments questioning the abilities of an all-women expedition, they prevailed and soon enough found themselves in the small river town of Carauari where the expedition began- and 3 weeks later, ended. Working with local people and traversing various habitats, the women proved all doubts wrong and returned with valuable memories, data, and friendships (and 400+ bird species added to their lists!). Join Marky to hear the tale of this expedition from the eyes of a newly fledged undergraduate researcher and get a taste of what birding the Amazon Basin is like!

About the Speaker:

Marky Mutchler Photo

Marky Mutchler has been a birder since the age of 4 and interested in nature and art for as long as she can remember. She is currently finishing her senior year at Louisiana State University, pursuing a degree in Biological Sciences. While attending LSU, she has had many opportunities to work in both lab and field settings in the pursuit of making her interest in ornithology a career. Continuing her dedication at LSU, she was able to be a member of an all-woman expedition to the Brazilian Amazon. Upon graduating, she plans to start her Ph.D. involving work in the field of evolutionary biology. Marky has also spent the last several years guiding at multiple birding festivals around the US. She has even had the opportunity to work with and share the conservation success story of the once-endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. Marky hopes that the coming decade will bring even more opportunities to share her passion for birds and illustration with others and inspire more people, especially women in STEM.

The meeting is held online via Zoom software.

Members will receive an email with Zoom login info a couple of days prior to the meeting.  If you are not a member and would like to attend, please use the button below to request login info which is available a few days before the meeting.

We look forward to ‘seeing’ you soon!