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Lecture: Who Were Those Birds Named After?

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center

Wildlife biologist and author Ken Burton will give a presentation as part of a First Wednesday Lecture Series sponsored by Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM).
Birders routinely use honorific bird names without thinking or even knowing anything about the people behind them. Who were Anna, Forster, Lincoln, Vaux, and Wilson? Ken Burton will present brief biographies of these and others after whom some birds of the Arcata Marsh were named.
Since all honorific bird names are slated to be changed soon, this presentation will serve as a sort of farewell to these people of our ornithological past. Ken also will discuss how organisms get named and talk about the current renaming debate.
Ken is a mostly retired wildlife biologist who now leads tours and writes books and magazine articles. He coordinates the weekly Arcata Marsh bird walk program and is the author of Common Birds of the Arcata Marsh, Common Birds of Northwest California, and A Birding Guide to Humboldt County.
His presentation will be simulcast via Zoom at the following link: and uploaded afterward to the FOAM YouTube channel.

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